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Winter Articles and Activities

Jump start your child’s enthusiasm for the gardening season by planting seeds indoors. Starting your own seedlings not only allows you to grow a wider variety of plants, it also extends your growing season— engaging your young gardeners...
January may seem mellow after the bustle of the holidays has passed, but with slower schedules it is a great time to get kids excited about the garden season that lies ahead. One way to help them catch the garden bug is to explore the...
What better way to celebrate your child’s spring or summer birthday than with a garden party? Although fancy dresses and tea sandwiches may come to mind, kids love to run around outside, play games and get their hands into the dirt-- all...
While much of the country now displays the brown hues of a late-fall landscape, you can create a vision of spring indoors by forcing bulbs. It’s a great activity for kids and a wonderful teachable moment. While kids usually know about...
Do you miss eating tender, fresh greens from the garden? Making salads from store-bought packages of baby spinach, lettuce, and mesclun grown in Mexico or California just isn’t the same. So why not grow your own greens? It’s not hard, even...

Spring Articles and Activities

One of the most interesting theme gardens you can plant with your children is a butterfly garden. A butterfly garden provides a colorful array of nectar-producing plants that not only attract butterflies and hummingbirds, but can also draw...
It's mid-winter and the kids are clamoring for things to do. Outdoor play is great, but here's a fun indoor planting activity to offer when the weather is lousy. With little effort and a pinch of creativity you can devise some very...
Secret hideaways, garden playrooms, and special structures are enticements for involving kids in the garden, and they can transform the garden into a fantasyland and refuge. All of these projects can involve and reward the whole family and...
When my daughter was young, one of our favorite garden activities was to dig potatoes. Even now, at 18 years old, she's happy to help harvest the spuds. There's something timeless about digging for buried treasure that every kid enjoys,...
sensitive plantIn an age of iPods, video games, and all-too-realistic CGI movies, it may seem like a stretch to get kids excited about a simple green plant. But kids are intuitively fascinated by nature. There's a simple pleasure kids find...

Summer Articles and Activities

A beautiful, double sunflower before it's begun to product seeds
The hot summer months of July and August are great activity months for children. This summer, our family has been busy biking, swimming and kayaking quite often. It’s also the time of year to visit your local parks, stop by roadside...
Growing an edible family garden is a great way to get your kids excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables. It also provides a terrific opportunity to give back to your community.
One of the most interesting theme gardens you can plant with your children is a butterfly garden. A butterfly garden provides a colorful array of nectar-producing plants that not only attract butterflies and hummingbirds, but can also draw...
School is out and our children are now on summer vacation – or are they? As a parent of three young girls, my wife and I find ourselves signing up the kids for various summer activities such as swimming, drama camp, dance classes and music...

Fall Articles and Activities

Fresh apples are most plentiful in fall, making it a great time to cook up a few classic apple favorites, like homemade applesauce and baked apples. Fresh apple snacks are also a welcome treat. These recipes are delicious, low fat and very...
When we have breakfast each day, we can thank honeybees for making our meal possible by pollinating the blueberries on our cereal, oranges for our juice, or almonds in our muffins. Honeybees are powerhouse pollinators, the most important...
Observe the lifecycle of the butterfly with your own Painted Lady Caterpillars. Welcome Caterpillars and Butterflies to your Schoolyard
It's August and blazing hot, and your kids may be more interested in the local swimming hole than they are in the garden. But in just a few weeks, autumn temperatures will bring relief and, for some folks, an end to the growing season. The...
tomato hornwormThere's nothing more frustrating than working hard with your child or grandchild to build and plant a garden, only to have pests munch your prized plants before you can. Insect pests can ruin the party by devouring the...

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