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The Big List of Ideas for Gardening with Kids

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I’ve never had a spectacular garden. But I work at it every year. And some years the garden has looked wonderful! Despite the fact that I’m not a master gardener and I still have a lot to learn, I still love working with my kids in the garden.

My kids are getting older. The youngest is 11 years old already! This week, now that the snow has melted away and the ground has warmed up a bit, we started preparing our raised beds for seeds, starting with Alaska Peas. It’s an exciting time and my three youngest girls {11, 14, & 18} offered to come out and help me pull weeds and get the beds ready. There’s so much promise in a little seed!

Over the years I’ve had the most success with tomatoes, but this year I’m really hoping for a good crop of yellow squash, grapes, cucumbers, and strawberries!

Planning out a garden can be a lot of fun, and if you give your child {or children} a 4 x 4 raised square foot bed they can plant they’ll be extra excited about gardening! Plus, growing your own veggies is a great way to get little ones to be open to trying new tastes and flavors at the table!

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Since I’m not  a gardening expert, I’ve found some resources to help me and you have a fun and fruitful time in the garden with our children!

Tips for Gardening with Kids

Activities for Gardening with Kids

Books to Read

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children

Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden

Square Foot Gardening with Kids: Learn Together: – Gardening Basics – Science and Math – Water Conservation – Self-sufficiency – Healthy Eating

Project Garden: A Month-by-Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying ALL Your Backyard Has to Offer

The Best-Ever Step-By-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas For 5-12 Year Olds, From Growing Fruit And Vegetables And Fun With Flowers To Wildlife Gardening And Craft Projects

Free Printables

How to Grow Plants

Gardening Crafts

The Big List of Ideas for Gardening with Kids @

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  1. I don't know if all kids react the same, but in my case, my two little girls (5 and 8) are very enthusiastic when they have the chance to work in the garden. The little one instead of working starts running after any insect that crosses her way and she is not really helping us at all.
    1. Helen, young children tend to be very enthusiastic about working in the garden. It's not until they are a little older that pulling weeds and digging in the dirt becomes a "chore." But, if you instill a love for gardening when they are young, it will more likely carry over into their adulthood! :)
  2. Love these ideas! I have published a book called Outdoor Playscapes: Breaking New Ground and thought you might be interested in the material. It is an ECE text book but is filled with lots of fun ideas that would be perfect in a home school environment!
  3. Hey Melissa! Thanks for sharing this article. I'm currently working on a goal to grow the majority of my family's produce and as I have been chatting with others about it, they always mention that they wish they could garden but can't or they want to but are overwhelmed with where to start.. It sounds like you have a good set-up already, but I wanted to you let you know I recently wrote a series about starting and sticking to gardening. It walks you through step-by-step all the questions you will need to ask yourself in order to have a successful garden from the get-go. I thought it might be helpful to you and/or your audience. Here is the link to part one: , Thanks!

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