Working in the Garden with Kids

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Today I’m blogging about Gardening With A Toddler over at In All You Do.  As you know, when kids are in the picture, chores and tasks just take longer. Now that we’re not restricted to indoor gardening (i.e. growing romaine lettuce from kitchen scraps), it’s been great to get outdoors and really work with the plants.

Our son loves working in the garden — but maybe that’s because he has lots of cool kid-sized garden tools, and even a neat digger that our neighbors gave us.

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The weather took a while to get warmer, so we had to delay planting some of our seedlings. But my son was thrilled to help care for them as we set them outside each day, then took them in for the night. We even had to take in the hanging plants I got for Mother’s Day several times as it dropped to almost freezing several nights in a row.

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Working in the garden with kids can be such a great learning experience though. When we were at a friend’s house to get seedlings, I learned a lot about heirloom tomato varieties and hybrides. Interestingly, this same friend who gave us our tomato seedlings was able to give us a black cherry tomato variety when Toby choose black as the color tomato he wanted (over pink or orange). We’ll see how things grow!

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Here are some photos of our spring gardening; click on any thumbnail to enter gallery view:

Gardening Tips + Resources

If you’re looking for gardening tips and resources, here are some of my favorites.  I’ve listed specifically links for working in the garden with kids, but make sure to check out my Pinterest board too — I’m always pinning neat ideas about gardening there when I find tips online.  Links will open in a new window for your convenience.

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Do You Have Tips for Working in the Garden with Kids?

Do you have any go-to ideas for getting kids to work well in the garden with you? What about suggestions of things to NOT do? I’d love to hear your stories and thoughts in the comments section!

8 Responses

  1. Karyn

    What a cutie he is! My kids love helping me in the garden. I added weeding to their daily chores this summer & it has been so helpful!

  2. Betsy Finn

    What a great idea for the chore list, Karyn 🙂

  3. Nadia

    Lovely pics!

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Nadia, glad you stopped by!

  5. Shaun Hoobler

    My kids love to help in the garden. For them, it’s fun.

  6. Simple nature decor

    I love this post about how to work with kids in the garden.. So important to make sure these kids are having fun and safe.. Thanks for stopping by at my party.
    Hugs maria

  7. Betsy Finn

    That’s great, Shaun!

  8. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Maria! Yes, safety and fun go hand in hand 🙂