Gardening at Home with Kids

By HomeAdvisor

Updated March 23, 2020

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If you like digging in the dirt, you might enjoy gardening, too. Growing a garden with your kids will help you learn about plants. You might grow flowers or vegetables in your yard or inside your home in containers. As you work to take care of your plants, you will need to make sure they get water and sun to grow.

Kids can be encouraged and learn a lot by seeing produce results before planting their own seeds. Consider starting your garden before introducing your children to gardening. To get started, you can either start planting yourself or hire a local gardener to help. If you notice that your plants aren’t thriving, try calling a qualified gardener to assess the issue–whether it’s soil nutrients, watering habits, predators, or incompatible neighboring plants. Learning from your own mistakes and a professional consultation can help you answer curious kid questions, avoid disheartening mistakes, and teach them natural solutions.

Gardening Basics

To grow a garden, you will need space for planting, seeds or plants, and tools. An adult can help you work in a garden. Adults can also teach you about caring for plants. Always handle tools carefully with an adult’s supervision so you don’t get hurt.

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Vegetable Gardens

Grow food for your family with a vegetable garden. Vegetable gardens can be any size, even as small as a container or two. Plant vegetables that you like or want to eat. You can then watch as they grow and develop into food that is ready to eat.

Flower Gardens

If you like colorful flowers, try growing some in your own garden. Flowers might bloom for one season only, or they could come back every year. Some flowers like the sun, and others like to grow in shady spots. Choose flowers in colors you like, and have fun tending them in your yard. If you need to, consult with a gardening contractor on which ones will thrive best in your climate.

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Gardening Projects

Projects help you learn about gardening. You can even work on gardening projects during the winter. Try different projects, such as growing plants inside your home or growing a garden with a theme. An adult can help you plan a gardening project.

Have you caught the gardening bug? Can’t get enough of the fruits of your labor? Consider the < a href="//">cost of hiring a garden designer to help you yield the most produce, color or pollinators in your outdoor space. They’ll know exactly which of your favorite foods and flowers grow best in that shady spot by your shed and which plants to pair with them to protect and improve their growth.


  1. Donna A Wruck, July 9:

    Lots of great ideas! I am searching for ideas I can share and teach my classrooms.i teach the mentally and physically handicapped.

  2. Josh, March 6:

    Another fun activity for kids is to experiment with hydroponics. For example, you can take a mason jar, cut a hole out of the lid, then use something like a plastic cup to fit inside the jar, add some soil-less grow media like coco coir, and let the roots sit in nutrient-rich water. Of course, you can substitute the glass jar for a larger plastic bucket w/ lid and do the same sort of experiment.

  3. Naveen Kumar, March 29:

    I think this basic information is not just for kids because people still want to know how can they start gardening! and this article helps to make a good step & plan with proper discipline…
    Thank you for the article!

  4. These ideas are really helpful, but I agree with Naveen above. This knowledge can be used by anyone wanting to enhance their gardening know-how. I like that there are is a range of different ideas for what to garden. Eating locally should always be encouraged.
    Really appreciate you taking the time to put this together.

  5. Lawn care services, August 29:

    Teaching kids how to utilize hydroponics to increase speed of yield. This could also be a great addition to this article, there are so many cheap ways to set up your own hydroponic system.

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