Teaching Kids about Water and Soil Conditions

A previous newsletter highlighted the impacts sunlight and wind have on the family garden and microclimate surroundings.

Feed Birds This Winter

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Looking for a fun and educational stocking stuffer? Give the birder in your life DIY paper birds. A great decoration no matter the season. 

Read more from the December 2014 edition of Kids Garden News:

Make a Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Creating an Edible Schoolyard at Sac High

The Winter Bird-Friendly Schoolyard

Winter bird feeding is a wonderful introduction to the world of birds!  Observing the colorful parade of birds that visit a feeder in winter and learning to identify who’s who is not only fun for kids and adults; it also encourages a sense of environmental stewardship toward  birds and other wild creatures. Landscaping your yard with plants that provide avian food and cover is a great way to improve bird habitat.


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Learn more about the Hyatt Regency Jersey City

Learn more about Hyatt Thrive

Hotel awards US $20,100 grant ($12,600 from Hyatt Community Grant and $7,500 from Hyatt Jersey City Associates) to for its positive community impact.

Extend the Growing Season in Your Classroom

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Special offer for KGN subscribers: Save 10% on Grow Lights available through our Gardening with Kids shop. All sales support youth garden grants and free resources such as Use coupon code KGNGROW10 at checkout. Offer valid through the end of November.

Don't let cold weather slow down your classroom's gardening efforts! Use winter months to extend “green” experiences by cultivating indoor gardens. Most schools garden during the fall and spring, but by incorporating plant activities indoors you can reap the benefits of hands-on, interdisciplinary horticulture lessons year round. Using grow lights or sunny windowsills, your class can experiment with growing a wide range of plants, from houseplants and blooming bulbs to edible crops like radishes and lettuce.

Carton 2 Garden Contest

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The Carton 2 Garden program is part of Evergreen Packaging’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among consumers on the eco-friendly benefits of paper cartons. Cartons are an eco-friendly packaging choice because more than 70% of milk carton packaging is paper, made from trees, a renewable resource. Currently, over 50% of households in the United States have access to recycling programs that accept paper milk cartons.

Drinking milk and juice has never been more fun with Evergreen Packaging’s Carton 2 Garden Contest. Evergreen Packaging and are on the lookout for your creative and sustainable uses for recycled milk and juice cartons in the garden. Schools are encouraged to collect, design, and construct garden-related structures made from empty cartons and document their experience.

Tips and Tools for Harvest Time

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Celebrate the harvest by saving 10% on our Gardening with Kids shop. All sales support youth garden grants and free resources such as Use coupon code KGNHARVEST10 at checkout. Offer valid through the end of October.


Back to School Basics

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Just for our readers, SAVE 20% through the month of September at — just use coupon code BACK2SCHOOL20 at checkout.

Please note that this offer excludes greenhouses and sheds.

It’s not too late in the season to install or expand your school garden. Encourage your new students to become engaged in the garden and lay the foundation for successful spring planting by trying some fun garden projects this fall. Inspire young gardeners to get involved at the beginning of the academic year by giving them hands-on opportunities to add to the garden. Getting involved in the school garden means much more than harvesting fall produce, raking leaves, and composting.

Plan Ahead: The Fall Garden

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It's not too late to plant the school garden! Plant edibles like lettuce, spinach, kale, and radishes for a fall harvest. Check out our Winter Garden Seed Collection

Gardening is often considered a spring or summer activity, but many plants grow beautifully in fall! Planted in late summer, a number of vegetables will grow to maturity -- even in northern areas -- and this is the best time of year to plant spring-flowering bulbs. Engaging children in the garden throughout the year strengthens their understanding of nature's cycles and deepens their love and respect for the environment.

Top 5 TODAY Show Garden Essentials

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Imagine creating your own version of Carson Daly's TODAY show garden! See the complete list at  And just for our KidsGardening readers, SAVE 20% through the month of August on all TODAY show products--just use coupon code TODAY20 at checkout.
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Annie's Teams up with and Carson Daly to Support TODAY Show Garden Initiative

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Annie’s presents check on TODAY Show with Carson Daly to shine a light on childhood hunger and healthy eating in America

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