Children’s Garden-How to Start Gardening with Kids

CHILDREN'S GARDEN: Gardening with kids is one of the most amazing and rewarding things I've ever done in my life. I have been a family childcare provider for 20 years. Gardening has opened up a world of teaching for my kids that is mind-boggling. There is so much kids can learn in a children's garden!

Gardening with kids is one of the most amazing and rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. I have been a family childcare provider for 20 years. Gardening has opened up a world of teaching for my kids that is mind-boggling. There is so much kids can learn in a children’s garden!

Over the course of that time, I have tried and tried to grow things with my kids. I come from a long line of farmers and have always been interested in growing food, but I just had no instincts.

Children’s Garden-How to Start Gardening with Kids

Gardening has numerous benefits. There is nothing better to teach your kids. Click here for a video on how. 

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Five years ago, I was invited to a class to teach childcare providers to garden with their kids. I was so excited and immediately fell in love with everything about it. I set the goal to teach as many kids as possible to grow food, to teach as many people as possible to teach this to kids and to grow as much of my kid’s food as possible here at our house.



I failed so many times over the years because I didn’t know the basics of how to garden, and Doug, the gardening teacher in the class, changed all that for me with the information he shared with us. 

kids harvesting kohlrabi

Gardening for kids

First, I got help from a daycare parent to build some simple beds and mix dirt, then we got our free bed from the garden class, then we built more beds, and then we asked the neighbor for some land and built an expansion. 

Overall, we have over 50 raised beds, some are as small as one foot by two feet and some are as large as 3 feet by 10 feet. It’s a hodgepodge. We built many from discarded materials, got a small grant, collected money from local businesses, daycare parents, and family members, and put a ton of money into it ourselves, but we built a paradise to teach kids. Click here for more details about how we did it. 

You certainly don’t have to go this big, kids can learn a ton in a couple of five-gallon buckets full of dirt. You can plant a lot in a 3 by 3-foot bed and so much learning can happen with that.

You can have one tomato plant and find dozens of learning opportunities with just that. Please don’t feel overwhelmed by the volume we’ve chosen here. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It can just be something!

Check out this seed catalog scavenger hunt you can do with your kids to get them excited! 

healthy living-gardening with kids

Gardening with preschoolers

There are so many things you can learn in the garden and if you don’t know how to garden yourself, you can do like we did and learn while you teach your kids. We are by no means experts, but we have a lot of fun figuring it out. My husband is a big help and I certainly could not do it without him. 

For tips on how to plant seeds with very young kids, click here.

For more skills kids should know, click here
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4 comments

  1. Sue says:

    I am in Australia, am I able to register?

  2. Kayla says:

    This sounds so amazing! I can’t wait for the class to start 🙂

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