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Gardening is a great way to get your children off the couch and out into nature.  It is also an easy way to begin teaching your kids about where their food comes from.  Best of all, there are many gardening-related activities that are easy for even your smallest helpers to join in on.

How to garden with children?

One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is planting seeds.  In general, I’ve found that starting seeds in containers and then transplanting the sprouts to the garden is what works best.  Starting seeds in containers also makes it that much easier for your kids to help out.

How to Garden with Children Guide?

Materials:

  • Bucket
  • Seed Starting Mix
  • Water
  • Containers to plant seeds in (I often reuse food containers)
  • Seeds (where to find Non-GMO seeds)

Directions:

  1. Wet the seed starting mix in a bucket.  My girls are 2 and 3 years old, I usually wield the hose and let them mix up the dirt.  What kid doesn’t love to get a little muddy?!
  2. Have the kids put the soil into your containers.  Be sure to pat it down.
  3. Have them poke a hole in the middle of each pot of soil.
  4. Place a seed (or two) in the hole and cover it up.
  5. Place seeds in sunny spot and water daily.
  6. Rejoice when you see sprouts!  Plant out in the garden when they get their first set of “true” leaves.

How to garden with children?

One thing I like to do it plant the seeds in clear containers.  When the seed sprouts you will almost immediately be able to see the roots.  It is a great opportunity to teach your kids about how plants grow.

 

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Antony Fuller

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