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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

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.
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...
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...
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,...

Summer Articles and Activities

How can you tell time in the garden without using a watch? Check and see what’s blooming! Flowers have amazing adaptations to attract pollinators. Their scent, colors, and shapes have evolved to draw these vital critters towards them,...
September is a critical month for harvesting fruits and vegetables—at the peak of their taste and ripeness. One of the most important decisions is how quickly do you want to eat your produce? Many gardeners choose to eat in season, while...
With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense constructive projects from blanket forts to tree houses With young children, there are few lazy days of summer. Most days are filled with intense...
Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own seed bombs. Taking a walk together as a family is a great way to teach your kids about varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. It's an unstressful time to engage and allow them to...
A beautiful, double sunflower before it's begun to product seeds

Fall Articles and Activities

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...
We all know we should eat more fruits and vegetables. It's estimated that as many as 90 percent of Americans don't eat the USDA's recommended number of servings of vegetables and fruits each day. One way to instill healthy eating habits at...

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