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Six Tips for Gardening with Kids

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Gardening is a low-cost hobby that families can do together in their own backyard. Kamala Gamble, co-founder of Slow Food OKC, suggests, “The easiest thing is to grow vegetables that [children] like and then grow things that come up and out of the ground as quickly as possible. Lettuce and radishes come quick.”

Whether you are a green thumb or a novice with little space to spare, you can grow a garden with your kids and have fun doing it! Here are six easy steps for your family to get their garden growing:

  1. Plan. Choose a container or plot of space to grow your garden. Select the type of plants you want to grow.
  2. Shop, Swap and Borrow. Take a sample of your soil to a gardening center to determine if you need fertilizer or soil amendments. Buy some basic gardening tools, such as a shovel and spade, for you and kid-sized tools for your children, or borrow from a neighbor or friend.
  3. Prepare. Choose where you want to plant different seeds or seedlings. Consider leaving an empty patch of dirt for younger children to dig in, so your plants won't be damaged.
  4. Plant. Let your children get dirty and take ownership of the garden by participating in planting. Be sure to follow the packet instructions for your seed or seedlings.
  5. Maintain. Water the plants, pull weeds and watch your garden grow.
  6. Enjoy. Harvest your crops, pick your flowers and enjoy!

For a more in-depth look at these steps or to find fun gardening projects, download The National Wildlife Federation’s guide Get Your Family’s Garden Growing at

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