Who said growing a garden was just for adults? When you think about it, gardening is an activity where you get to experience what so many kids love doing already: being outside, feeling the sunshine, exploring, digging and getting their hands dirty! 

In this blog, you’ll learn the basics of starting a garden and how to make growing and eating veggies a fun learning experience for your child.

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The Basics of Starting a Garden

  • Pick a very sunny location
  • Use strong soil for maximum growth
  • Choose in-season vegetables 

Make it Fun

  • Give kids their own garden space
  • Decorate the garden area 
  • Use kid-friendly tools that are sturdy 
  • Wear fun, colorful or character-inspired gardening gloves 
  • Choose what you want to plant as a family
  • Provide them their own customized watering can
  • Water the garden together 
  • Track growth by creating a calendar
  • Take pictures that your child can proudly share with family and friends

What to Plant? 

Plant vegetables that your child will recognize as well as vegetables that will be fun for your child to watch grow in size and change in color. How they remove the vegetables from the ground or vine will be like finding their own magical treasure. Whether for fun snacks or mealtime, here are ten great vegetable options to grow with your kids:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Snap Peas
  • Zucchini


  1. eartheasy. Gardening with Children: How to Encourage Little Hands to Plant, Water and Grow Using the Easiest Seeds and the Best Methods. Retrieved from https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/gardening-with-children/
  2. Planet Natural. Gardening with Kids. Retrieved from https://www.planetnatural.com/gardening-kids/