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8 fun garden projects for kids

Gardening is the perfect activity for parents and kids to do together. Children love digging in the dirt and watching their plants grow. Plus, they're more likely to eat their vegetables if they've actually grown them!
  • Grow a pizza garden

    Kids love pizza, so of course they'll love having their very own pizza garden! Plant tomatoes, colorful peppers, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onions, and even spinach. For even more fun, create a round garden, divide it into slices like a pizza, and plant a different ingredient in each slice. (If only you could find a pepperoni plant!)

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Create a vine-covered teepee

    Gather several 7- to 8-foot-long sticks about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Bamboo or willow both work well. Bind them together with wire about 10 inches from the top. Form a teepee and drive the bottom ends into the ground. Secure partway up by wrapping with thin willow rods or wire. Plant quick-growing vines like beans or clematis next to each stick. Soon your kids will have a shady hide-out!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Grow a sunflower fort

    Plant tall sunflowers close together in a square or circular shape large enough to create fort "walls" for your children. Leave a 2-foot space for a doorway. The sunflowers will quickly grow taller than the children, creating a wonderful secret fort! Bring in a picnic blanket or tiny table and chairs, and let the fun begin!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Contain their excitement

    Container gardens are perfect for kids. They can just sit down on the patio, scoop dirt into a container, and add their favorite seeds or plants. Each child can create his or her own container garden. Try kid-friendly vegetables like cherry tomatoes and carrots, or let them choose flowers in their favorite colors.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Plant a "Three Sisters" garden

    Native Americans planted corn, beans, and squash together. Plant corn on top of a foot-tall mound of soil. When it gets about 6 inches tall, plant pole beans around the middle of the mound and squash around the bottom. The beans put nitrogen into the soil, which the corn needs. The corn acts as support poles for the beans, and the squash provides a living mulch.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Welcome butterflies and hummingbirds

    Plant a garden that will attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds! Cosmos, zinnias, verbena, fuschia, and cleome are easy-to-grow annuals that attract both species. Butterflies are especially fond of butterfly bush and purple coneflowers. Bee balm is a hardy perennial that hummers find hard to resist. Hummingbirds are particularly attracted to red-hued flowers like geraniums, petunias, pineapple sage, and impatiens.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Go BIG (or small)

    Kids get a kick out of vegetables and flowers that are super-sized or teeny-tiny. Plant dinner-plate dahlias, mammoth sunflowers, long pole beans, giant pumpkins, or walking-stick cabbages that grow 7-foot-tall stems. On the flipside, try baby beets, Bambino egg plants, tiny Parmex carrots, mini squash and pumpkins, and cherry tomatoes.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
  • Take note!

    Encourage kids to create a garden journal. They can keep track of planting, sprouting, and harvest dates, plus note the kinds of insects they find on and around their plants. Include information on watering and the weather. They can draw pictures of the different stages of growth, and include photos of themselves with their plants. For high-tech journaling, help your kids create their own gardening blog!

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: October 31, 2012
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