May 23, 2017

Top 10 Summer Plants for Kids

Strawberries - Kids love to eat them straight off the bush

Strawberries – Kids love to eat them straight off the bush

There are so many amazing plants that fruit and flower in summer, it’s really difficult to pick just a few – but here’s Gardening 4 Kids top picks for summer 2014-15! [Read more…]

Super Easy Plants for Kids to Grow

Cherry tomatoes on bush

Cherry Tomatoes are super easy for kids to grow

As much as us parents would like our children to jump straight in and love gardening, it’s not always the case.  Some kids need lots of encouragement and some quick, easy ideas to help spark their interest in gardening.

Of my four children, only two of them have naturally been drawn to the pleasure that gardening can bring.  The other two needed a gentle push along the way.  And two plants in particular have assisted my family over the years – geraniums and cherry tomatoes.

Both of these plants are super easy to grow and kids get a real thrill from successful gardening experiences. [Read more…]

Guest Post: A Sweet Pea Tee Pee for Saint Patrick’s Day

Narelle Debenham from Natured Kids

Narelle from Natured Kids explains how to build a sweet pea tee pee.

Today’s guest post is from Narelle Debenham, founder and director of Natured kids, a weekly outdoor playgroup for families and young children on the Mornington Peninsula. Narelle, registered teacher and mother of three boys, aims to have a positive impact on children’s lives, while deepening their connection with and understanding of our natural environment. For a free checklist of outdoor activities to inspire nature play with your children visit Natured Kids.

Sweet Pea Tee Pee - fun for kids

Build your own sweet pea tee pee with the kids this Saint Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick’s Day marks the time of year when sweet pea seeds like to be planted in our gardens. Forty children from the Natured Kids outdoor playgroup planted these sweet peas to make a living, scented, sweet pea tee pee to play in at the Groundswell Community Garden in Frankston.

To make your own tee pee with the kids in your garden you will need: [Read more…]

Edible Flowers for Kids

marigolds, sunflower seeds and lavendar are great in salads

Marigolds, lavendar, sunflower seeds and fuchsias make colourful additions to salads

Kids love the thought of being able to eat flowers and there are some great varieties that can be grown in any garden. Edible flowers are a wonderful way to add colour to meals and can make a salad more appealing to kids. Many edible flowers are fantastic for attracting beneficial insects and repelling those that are not so welcome so growing them is not only great for your kid’s dinner plate but good for the garden too. [Read more…]