I’m so excited that we are finally seeing some spring weather! We are so past due – and it’s cutting into our gardening schedule.
I’ll admit, I am not one of those amazing Martha Stewart-type gardeners, but I really do enjoy having a small backyard garden each summer.
The kids and I choose a few favorite plants along with some new items to try each year and then we get dirty, watch the plants grow and reap in the harvest (literally!) In addition to our tips and experience, I’m also sharing some affiliate links to items we’ve found useful in our gardening adventures.
What do we grow in the garden?
Always herbs (usually basil because it grows so quickly, along with a few others), tomatoes, peppers and some vine plant (cucumbers, pumpkins, etc). We’ve also tried carrots, lettuce, onions, strawberries and beans — along with lots of different flowers.
Some of our favorite plants are ones that grow quickly (such as basil and tomato plants) and anything the kids can eat right from the garden (beans, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers). And if the kids can’t wait for a seed to germinate, you can start with some small plants (seedlings) and put them right in your garden or pot.
Getting Ready to Garden
I always recommend starting with a trip to the garden store. Kids can browse the aisles of plants and learn a little about the different items that can be grown in your backyard. Whether you plan to plant in a garden plot or grow plants in pots, there will be plenty of choices.
You’ll also need a few gardening items — it’s always fun to look like a gardener 😉 Kids will enjoy having tools their own size and will also be more likely to help if they have tools that aren’t too heavy.
Try this Kids Garden Tool Set with Tote if you’re looking for hand-held garden items — we’ve owned one for years and it always gets lots of use! These are metal garden tools and not the plastic type — we find the metal ones work much better when digging.
Another great buy is a set of kid-sized garden gloves! Fairy fans might enjoy these Disney Fairies Jersey Garden Gloves. You can also find ‘cool’ gloves for boys — Disney Cars Kids Jersey Glove. I’ve found that Target always has a nice selection of kids garden items too!
And a Children’s Garden Apron is always a handy item. Seriously, they’re going to get dirty and wet (when watering) and it’s always nice to have a place to keep your gloves and tools.
Last, I would recommend a child-sized watering can like these Melissa & Doug Watering Cans. I’ve found the it’s very difficult for the kids to manage a full-size watering can and I don’t dare give them the watering hose! (I tried that once and we had a mini-flood 😉
Watering the garden is one of the ‘kid jobs’ in our house each evening before dinner. It’s the perfect way to get the kids into the garden each day so they can see how the plants are growing.