Getting Your Kids' Hands Dirty: Easy Gardening Projects For You And Your Child

Groom your child to have a green-thumb by inviting them to help you with gardening projects and tasks. Try some of the following gardening ideas, which are appropriate for all ages:

  1. Mini garden ponds. Ask your kids to help you create a mini frog pond on your property. This is an easy project that will encourage wildlife to the spot, which can be entertaining and educational for children. All you really need is a large plant pot, some aquatic plants, and a few good-sized stones:
    1. Dig a hole to sink the plant pot into the ground so that the lip of the pot is level with the ground.
    2. Add a few stones to the bottom of the pot to add weight and to provide a resting spot for the roots of your aquatic plants. Fill the pot with water.
    3. Gently position and place the aquatic plants in the water so that each has room to spread, and so the foliage is above the water line.
    4. To encourage frogs to your pond, add a few smooth stones around the edge that make it easy for them to jump into the pond.
  2. Captivating catmint basket. Pick up a large, shallow basket at a rummage sale or thrift store and line the bottom with heavy-duty plastic. The soil and water can ruin the basket over time so be sure that it is one that you don't mind using. Cover the plastic with good potting mix or compost. Plant catmint and catnip plants around the border to allure felines and line the center with smooth stones or slate chips for cats to lounge on and enjoy the heat of the sun.
  3. Fun fowl feeders. Use wire and twine to string together apples, rose hips, peanuts, and other edibles for your flying neighbors. Stack the apples and pierce the centers to thread the twine through, knotting the ends so they don't fall off. Hang from tree branches or your home's eaves for a treat that is appealing to area birds.
  4. Very small veggie patches. Teach children about the benefits of gardening by planting a very simple and small vegetable patch of their own. Use a five-gallon bucket and some good quality compost to plant a pot of potatoes with your kids:
    1. Add three or four inches of compost to the bottom of your bucket.
    2. Nest seed potatoes, sprout end up, in the compost. You can seed your own potatoes by keeping small potatoes in a lit, cool but not cold environment for a few weeks until they sprout.
    3. Add three or four more inches of compost so that around half of the sprout is above the dirt.
    4. Each week, water the pot well and add more compost to keep the sprout half-exposed above the surface of the compost.
    5. When potato sprouts flower, they are usually ready to pull from the soil and eat!

Take time to enjoy gardening with your child and try these four simple projects. Kids will enjoy this quality time with you, and may grow a green-thumb in the process! For more information, contact companies like Container Creations LLC.