Category: Youth Gardening

Crocus Time

Here is an idea for those with young children or, in my case, grandchildren. Purchase a bag or a box of crocus corms from your favorite nursery or garden center and spend some quality time with those 2-6 year olds. They love to dig, and with a little help, they can plant these early blooming … […]

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Teach Recycling

“Waste not, Want not” was the adage I grew up with for economical reasons. Today that motto holds true for protecting our ecosystem by reusing items rather than tossing them in the garbage to become part of a waste landfill. The following are some ways to reuse everyday throwaways.  Children can be taught these principles … […]

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Child’s Garden

Gardening seems to be a natural progression in any child’s life. Children have been read and told stories about gardens since birth. Contrary Mary had silver bells in her garden, Jack couldn’t have saved the farm without the beanstalk, and Cinderella could not have gone to the ball without a pumpkin! When gardening with children, … […]

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Interest Children In Gardening

There are a number of ways to interest children in gardening. Find children’s books about gardening and read them together. Go through seed catalogs to let children choose exactly what they want to grow (it helps to include plants that are easy and fast-growing). Decide where to put the garden and individual plants; let them … […]

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Sunflower House

All children love “secret places.” Even the grownup child can find refuge in quiet hidden areas of the garden. Why not create a special place for a special child or for your inner child – a sunflower house. You can plant four giant sunflowers- Helianthus– in a square about four feet apart. When the sunflowers … […]

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Teach Nature

Make your yard a discovery place for your children. Go there together and look at the different colored and different shaped leaves, look at the veins, and feel the rough or smooth edges of the leaves. Look under the rocks for living creatures. See how many you can find. Watch the worms crawl, the pill … […]

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Wee Gardeners

One of the great benefits of gardening is that the whole family can participate. Even the smallest child enjoys digging in the dirt! But little ones are not always a low maintenance addition. They can uproot your favorite plant, get into pesticides and fertilizers, wander away and trim your prize rose bush quicker than you … […]

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