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How Does Your Garden Grow?

We present a bouquet of gardeners' tips and tricks to get everyone in your family into the dirt.
 

Learning Benefits

Whether you have a big backyard or a few porch pots, your family can reap the rewards of gardening. Young ones can learn about the life cycle of plants and practice the responsibility of tending the “crops,” while everyone takes pride in the bloom of flowers and bounty of fresh vegetables. Here are seven suggested additions to your garden that particularly appeal to children.

  1. Wind Chimes

    Sweet music launched on a breeze brings peacefulness to your garden. Want to add some whimsy? Make your own wind chimes out of old forks and spoons. To find out how, click here.

  2. Butterflies
    Their delicate beauty is enchanting. You can attract butterflies with a window box planted with marigolds, zinnias, or petunias. Add a shallow bowl of fresh water and some flat stones to give them a place to rest. 
  3. Herbs
    Kids love to rub herbs between their fingers and sniff the aroma. These easy-grow plants usually do well on your kitchen windowsill, too. Try mint, lavender, or rosemary.
  4. Birdhouse
    Hang a home for your flying friends and stock it with seeds. You’ll have a riot of color and sound.
  5. Flowers
    They’re not only gorgeous, they’re fun, too: Lamb’s Ears have a unique “fuzzy” texture. Snapdragons have little “jaws” kids can snap shut. Try some night bloomers, too. Depending on where you live, an evening primrose may do the trick.
  6. Planters
    Go on a family scavenger hunt to find creative planters. Watering can? Dad’s old work boot? An unused teakettle? Be sure to poke a hole in the bottom for drainage. 
  7. Scarecrow
    Put your kids in charge of picking out this guy’s wardrobe — to start, they might dig into old Halloween costumes.

 

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