Choose Your Plants
Bring your kids in on the decision-making. They'll have lots of ideas on what to grow. Maybe
you'll agree on a pizza garden. Or you'll try to grow the biggest pumpkins in the world. You
could go for a Peter Rabbit garden, full of lettuce and carrots. Or maybe you'll choose to mix
in flowers with melons and herbs. Have fun, and explore the possibilities.
Get Kid-Size Garden Tools
Bring your kids along on a shopping trip to find the tools they need to help tend the
garden. Trowels, shovels, buckets, and hoes are often available in kid sizes.
Pick Up Plants or Seeds
While you're out shopping, visit the garden store and buy your seeds and small plants.
Plan Your Garden
Involve the kid committee. Let them help you choose the location. If you're short on space,
a container garden on the patio works great, too.
Make It a Learning Experience
Planning and planting a garden is a great time for kids to learn how to read and follow
planting directions. They can learn the importance of spacing and location, and how weather can
affect their gardens. They'll be able to observe how plants grow, and discover the fun of
Tips For Maintaining Your Kid's Veggie Garden
After you've planted your garden, there are a few steps you can take that will keep it
growing the way you want it to. Lay down a layer of mulch about two inches thick around your
plants. This will discourage weeds. You can also apply a pre-emergent to keep weeds out. If some do pop up, pull or spray them. Regular watering and
feeding will help your kids garden grow beautifully. You can do both at the same time with
Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed Plant Food.