Gardening improves the outside appearance of your living space, cultivates healthy living habits through growing and eating your own produce, and has positive benefits from the exercise you get while planting and maintaining your own garden. The following guide provides the latest tools and resources you need to learn about gardening to fit your lifestyle. Adults, seniors, and children can find gardening a healthy and exciting hobby to pursue.
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Gardening is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Getting your kids out of the house and into the garden can be a great way to teach them about plants, bugs, and even where their vegetables come from. If you're looking for some creative ways to help your children help you in the garden (or to start their own garden), take a look at the following sites.
- Look for gardening information that is user friendly for kids. Projects geared toward your child's age and ability level are key. Does the site have information about different types of gardening explained in a fun and interesting way?
Aggie Horticulture Just for Kids
is part of the Texas A&M University Horticulture Web site. It has many interesting features geared to kids and their parents and teachers. The "kinderGarden" section offers detailed projects for children to do at home, an art gallery of garden drawings by kids, and tips for gardening with children. "Composting for Kids" has a slideshow illustrating how to make a compost bin. "Junior Master Gardener" is an information site for more advanced gardeners, while "Nutrition in the Garden" and "A Rainbow of Nutrition" explore the link between healthy eating and gardening.
Kids' Valley Garden
is a fun site that uses lots of graphics and simple language to explain some of the basics of gardening for children. It has easy-to-follow instructions on planting flowers, herbs, and vegetables. There's a section on keeping a garden journal and even a section on how to make flower arrangements. Plenty of practical, hands-on information for children makes this a valuable site.
Gardening With Kids
is another site full of helpful information about gardening. It has a section on how to prepare your kids for gardening and where to begin. Designs for different types of gardens are featured like a kid's party garden, a cook's garden, a bouquet garden, a nose garden (that's right, a nose garden), and winter gardens.
is an online gardening magazine from Australia for children. It has many easy gardening projects for kids including a "Make Things" section with instructions on making things for the garden, like a barometer or a garden pond. The "Grow Things" area provides detailed instructions on growing specific vegetables and flowers while the "Watch & Learn Things" area covers topics like "Good Bugs" and "Horror Movie Plants."
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My First Garden
is part of the University of Illinois Extension Extension site, and is designed to appeal to children with lots of graphics and simple, explanatory text. It has a teacher's guide for those who want to teach gardening in school. "Show Me the Basics" covers digging and planting a garden and "Gardening FUNdamentals" includes a journal and how to plan a garden successfully.
is part of the National Gardening Association Web site. It has excellent information for teachers and parents including a primer for parents about teaching gardening to kids, a pollinator curriculum that links allergies to pollen, and a gardening safety section.
The School Garden Wizard
was created for K-12 school kids by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the U.S. Botanic Garden. A great resource for teachers and parents, the site offers downloadable information on creating and learning in the garden, and has a helpful section on designing a garden on paper. There's also a resource guide on where to get funds for school projects and much more.
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