Share your love of gardening with your kids and you'll be instilling a life-long appreciation for nature.
- Step 1: Delight kids with nature's versatility by making a bean shelter. Arrange six bamboo poles in a 4-foot-diameter circle, tie the pole tops together with twine, and plant pole beans around the circle, which kids can later harvest.
- Step 2: Feed their need for a variety of fresh vegetables by growing unusual produce, like red carrots or miniature vegetables. Soon the young gardener will sprout new tastes and their own green thumbs.
- FACT: Sunflower heads are not a single flower, but 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers joined together by a receptacle base.
- Step 3: Attract a child's attention and curiosity by planting a butterfly garden to draw the delicate winged creatures to the backyard for observation, and enjoy watching the child's love of nature blossom.
- TIP: Reinforce hands-on gardening experiences with stories, drawings, songs, and cooking lessons.
- TIP: Try container gardening if space is limited.
- Step 4: Amaze young gardeners by planting easy-to-grow sunflowers destined to become taller than Dad, and watch them develop a taste for the nutritious sunflower seeds.
- Step 5: Engage the budding scientist in your kids by introducing them to the business of earthworms, slugs, snails, and other creatures they may encounter while gardening.
- Step 6: Wow kids with nature's speed by planting radish seeds, which come up in three to four days, and before long your kids can enjoy topping their salads or sandwiches with the fruits of their gardening labor.