Teaching the love of gardening to children

Living in Florida I loved having the weather for gardening but I never had much space. At one point we hung some plants of the banner and that gave us some herbs and even potatoes. Now living in a larger home with an incredible yard we started a full garden and it continues to grow with the help of our children. Teaching the love of gardening to children is an exciting time.

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Gardening is a great family activity but children can learn that same love and use it to help them find focus. teaching the love of gardening. gardening with children. kid gardens. growing plants. growing herbs.

We are so excited to be hosting a booth all summer long at the Clarksville Downtown Market. Each Saturday you can join my family to try a new activity. Our goal is to bring your family something nice to try and if you can’t make it our blog will tell you how you can recreate it.

Supplies needed

Your supplies will depend on what you would like to grow. Using plastic cups allows children to see the growth. This is so exciting for my children. You’ll also want good soil, we try to do organic as much as possible. This is up to you, the herb or plant seeds will still grow but do you want chemicals on your foods? Yuck!

Getting to work

What will you grow?

Radishes, lettuce and basil sprout very fast and kids will love seeing the growth quickly. We planted radish and basil seeds and grew them inside. You can add a log for your child to either draw or write what they see. You may do both.

Annual flowers:

Sweet alyssum, celosia, cornflower or bachelor button, marigold, cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers, morning glories, and nasturtiums.

We planted some sunflower seeds outside but they didn’t sprout for two weeks – although we did have a couple of unexpected cold days during that time that may have delayed them.

Perennial flowers:

Dianthus, black-eyed Susan, Sweet William, blackberry lily, blanket flower, rose campion and gaura.

We planted some Sweet William seeds in plastic cups and although not as fast as the radish, they were fairly speedy!


Once the seeds have started to sprout it will soon be time to transfer. I have seen some great raised gardens, wall gardens and even indoor herb gardens. Where you plant them to next is up to you but here are some great examples.

Trying out the activity

While we will be trying out this activity this week we wanted you to be able to try at home, plus if you happen to miss it you will still be able to try it. I’d love to see pictures if you try on your own or as they grow so please email us!

Start by adding soil to the cup about halfway is a good amount. Then use your finger to place a hole in the soil. I recommend only one type of plant per cup and only a few seeds at most.

How did it go? I hope everyone had fun working together and teaching the love of gardening to children.

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