Gardening With Kids: 8 Ideas to Get Your Child Involved

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I was inspired to write this post as Sophia, Moreaya, and I have connected over our garden this year.  I'm thankful for this opportunity to share with my children as a part of a project with The Home Depot.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

We've always had a garden – since the first Spring that we moved into our house.  The first year our garden was great, but we were just learning.  The second year, I was 8 months pregnant, so I didn't help Rob much.  After Sophia was born, I really didn't help much – someone else kept me a little busy.  Last year, our third with a garden, I had an almost 2 year old and a 4 month old… still not a ton of time to devote to raising more living things!

This year, oh this year, we have enjoyed our garden to the fullest… as a Family.

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In fact, if we didn't involve the girls in every aspect of gardening, it would probably never get done!  I've found the key is to show them just how much I enjoy the activity of organic gardening and they'll enjoy it more too!  Involving them in every activity, even if it does seem easier to just do it myself, makes the biggest difference to these little ladies. 

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Keeping the focus on fun and family has made our garden thrive this year and made our girls thrive just as much!

Gardening with Kids can be super easy.  Just work on a bit more patience, creativity, and get ready to reap the benefits in both your food and your children!

Pick out Foods that they Like and Dislike

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When you start planning your organic garden, get your kiddos involved.  While organic vegetable gardening with kids can lead to growing all yummy fruits, it's important to encourage them to grow foods that they think they don't like to.  There's just something about eating a veggie that you've grown yourself that makes it taste even yummier!

Dig, Plant, and Water

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Planting seeds is such a great science project for kids of all ages.  It's truly a miracle of life to see that big, beautiful, bountiful plants can come from a tiny seed.  Although we started most of our garden from organic plants this year, we did let Sophia plant some from seed so she could experience both.

She can quickly let anyone know what it takes to grow those seeds too – "Dirt, Water, and Sun!"

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Maintain and Pull Weeds Together

Sure, pulling weeds isn't my favorite gardening activity, but there's no reason you should act like it isn't.  My girls think that getting down on our hands and knees and pulling those little weeds from the dirt is one of the funnest things to do outside.  Let's see how long I can keep them thinking that way!

Appreciate Beauty

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Gardening with Kids can definitely incorporate the beauty of the hobby too.  While the girls and I were shopping one day, I let them both pick out a flower.  You won't be surprised to know that Sophia picked out a blue Pansy and has enjoyed appreciating the beautiful flower every day since!

Incorporate Arts and Crafts

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Sophia enjoyed painting her Spring Butterfly from a Cocoon Craft so much the other day that she wanted another craft project.  I knew making something for the garden would be right up her alley, so we set out to make DIY Garden Markers. 

I drew out a few vegetables that we're growing on rocks and we both painted them.  Although she might not stay quite in the lines yet, she did remember exactly what color she used for her veggie markers!  There are a few more super cute ideas for DIY Garden Markers on The Home Depot Garden Club Pinterest page.

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Harvest Together

Although we have quite a bit planted in our garden container boxes, the only fruits that we've harvested so far are strawberries.  When the girls see a beautiful red strawberry, they get so excited – and I have to admit I do too. 

Cook With Your Foods

Sophia loves to help me cook and I'm confident that when we start harvesting tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini, she'll be eager to help cook them.  Right now, though, she's happy to have the sweet strawberry juice running from her chin!

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Let Them See YOU Enjoy the Activity

Making the activity fun has made all the difference in the world.  Gardening is fun for me, but gardening with my kids has far surpassed that.  I love seeing their little eyes light up when I tell them it's time to go water the vegetables or when they see how much the plants have grown after a Spring rain.

How do YOU incoroporate your Children into Gardening?
Do you have any special memories gardening with your parents?

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In my next post, I'll be sharing just how good the girls have been doing – by showing you the progress of all my organic vegetable plants from The Home Depot!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the post! I got this in my email first thing this morning and it gave me the kick to clean out the flowerbed in the front yard and have my son help me plant flower seeds and have a really good conversation on patience. (Something he struggles with but then again he's 3.) 

    He can't wait to be able to pick some for mommy :)
    I wish we could do a garden here but just not sure as it's really worth it currently….I don't know.

  2. I so want to start a garden but I have the slightest idea where to start and if it's too late! I really think my kids would enjoy and I could probably make it apart of their homeschool curriculmn!

  3. Gardening is the perfect way to connect with your children!  My kids love to garden and watch the veggies grow. 

  4. great post! our kids are very involved with our gardening here too. and composting.  they each have a bed inside the big garden and all three help with lots of things.  it just gives them and teaches them so much!!

  5. I wish I was more of a gardener, cause I am sure a couple of my boys would really enjoy it. Off to find a friend who likes it (and doesnt kill anything green!).

  6. We are working on having the kids much more involved in the Gardening this year. So this year they got to pick out their own flowers to plant in their very own Flower garden. They also got  to pick the vegetables they wanted adn they got to plant them. They get to help doing a weekly weeding on their own little garden spots. And They are actually quite excited about it all. Finally! I'm so glad I thought to have them help make the selections of what to plant! 

  7. Your girls are SUPER cute!  What a great learning experience for them!  

  8. Really awesome photos!! They look so happy helping! I wish we could grow a bigger variety here in the desert! I'd love more color!!

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  9. My boys are 3 & 4, and last year was the first year that we made them "responsible" for their own plants. Since most of our garden is from seed (everything but our berries), they picked what veggies they wanted to plant. My husband and I helped them scoop the dirt and plant the seeds in egg cartons or starting cups. We started each day watering the plants and told them about the growing process, what the plants needed, etc. They enjoyed it! When it came time to harvest, my kids helped us pick the fruits and veggies and plan meals using them. Growing most of our food (yes, it is hard work at first) has been the MOST rewarding experience for all of us. Not only were we teaching our children how to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle (we someday hope to supply at least 90% of our food of more) and the value of hard work, but by working together, we have grown to love and appreciate our family even more. 

  10. Oh, they are so cute!  And so amazingly happy to be playing in the dirt!  I have always been a huge fan of gardening and even now as teens my kids help me harvest and plant occasionally.  Love this!

  11. Great pictures!  My kids would just love doing the garden markers.

  12. Fantastic pics of some cute little gardners. :-)  Your garden (and your kids) is beautiful!

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