Gardening is a wonderful activity for adults and children alike. I came to gardening after buying a basil plant from the grocery store and wanting to have more fresh herbs. I put it in a pot on the balcony of my first apartment and never looked back. Now I tend three gardens of my own.
Gardening with children is so enriching. Connecting them to their food and where it comes from is very important. Kids learn that everything has a season and that you can't actually have all foods all year round unless you preserve them in some way. The projects in this round-up are fun and easy for children. It will get them outside and getting dirty — good for their overall well being! If you try any of these projects, we'd love to hear about it on Instagram, Facebook, or by email.
Most children, when they see their grownups gardening, want to garden too. Giving them a small space with herbs is a great way to make gardening simple and successful for them. Follow our tutorial for making one in your outdoor space.
Three Ways to Improve Garden Soil
Improving your garden soil can be fun and easy for kids with these simple strategies. Most of them your probably already have on hand at home!
Here is another kid friendly garden project that is easy for them to care for. Let them plant their own seeds and water them to make sure they sprout.
Recycled Bird Feeder
What's a garden without birds and bees and butterflies? This easy to make bird feeder from found materials will be a lovely functional piece of art for the your garden.
Hens and Chicks Planters
Here is another recycled garden project: rainboot planters. These will adorable in your child's herb garden or on the steps of your house. Feel free to plant anything you like in them from succulents to flowers or even herbs.
This project is fun for slightly older kids who are interested in the weather. Gardeners spend a lot of time thinking about the weather and the rain. How much will it rain this week, when will it rain again? All you need to make it is a plastic bottle, marker, ruler and cutting implement.
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About the Author
KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.