Gardening with Kids

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When I was just under two years old, I fell off my parent’s second story balcony. I was playing out there when I saw our cat Yaz in a nearby tree. I reached for the cat and fell through the railings. Luckily I landed on grass and while I fractured my skull, the fracture was along one of the sutures and I didn’t suffer any brain damage. I always thought it was funny that I fell off the balcony, but my mom, who was the one who found me, never could laugh about it. Now as a mom myself, I can empathize with how it must have felt to see your baby lying on the ground beneath your balcony.

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been worrying and researching about balcony garden safety from pretty much the moment I found out I was pregnant. Obviously you should never leave a baby or small child on a balcony or raised deck by themselves. And even if you have a patio securely planted on terra firma, you should still take a few minutes to make it child-friendly, and always keep an eye on your infant. Here are my suggestions for making your container garden a safe place for you to enjoy a bit of sunshine with your child.

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Spelling with Seeds

by Fern on June 14, 2011

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I contributed a fun guest post to Salt & Nectar about learning to spell in the garden. Check it out!

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Container Gardening Grab Bag 7/16

July 16, 2010
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Gardening Posts MeemsNYC solves a problem a lot of us have right now: What to do with all those zucchini?! I loved touring around Laura’s patio garden. Keep an eye out for her ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ petunias. They look great on the black ladder/plant stand! If you enjoy seeing cute kids in the garden, hearing […]

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A Container Garden for Children and The Young At Heart

April 5, 2010
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While growing vegetables is one way to teach children about nature and enchant them with gardening. It’s not the only way. If you’d like to add flowers to your children’s garden, you have come to the right post! Below you’ll find a container plan, as well as fun–and even weird–plants that kids will love.

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Great Children’s Gardening Tools

May 28, 2009

If your kids really enjoy gardening, it makes sense to get them some tools that are properly sized for their smaller hands and bodies. All of the tools listed below are made of metal and wood, not cheap plastic. Oh, and I highly doubt most kid gardeners need a wheelbarrow, but it was so cute, […]

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How to Grow Corn in a Container

May 27, 2009

When I asked you all for your best tips for gardening kids, several people mentioned that their kids were really excited about growing edible plants. GardenerGirl mentioned that her kids particularly like planting seeds where they recognize what the seeds are, like sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Emily mentioned that she always enjoyed growing “big” plants. […]

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Gardening Ideas for Kids – Memorial Day Has Come and Gone, Summer is Just Around the Corner

May 26, 2009

This week, I thought I would write about projects that can be done with your kids (or your neices and nephews, your little brother, etc). Gardening is a great activity to do with kids, especially nowadays when kids are practically born with a mouse and keyboard in their hands. While I love technology as much […]

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