Organic Garden Tips For Kids – Teaching Kids About Organic Gardening

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Teaching kids about organic gardening is a fantastic way both to spend time together and to give them a sense of wonder and respect for plants. Organic gardening with kids can be very easy and rewarding, as long as you keep things simple. Keep reading to learn more about organic gardening for beginners and garden tips for kids.

Organic Gardening with Kids

When organic gardening with kids, simplicity is the name of the game. Keep your garden space small - a 6 x 6 foot (2 x 2 m.) patch should be plenty. If you don’t have the space for an in-ground garden, containers are a great alternative. Make sure to leave room to walk between your rows, as this will make for easier movement and teach kids to stay on paths. You can put down some flat stones to make a clear path to stick to as well.

Organic Garden Lesson Ideas

When picking plants to grow, opt for those that have fast, solid payoff. Radishes grow fast and early and should get kids excited for a whole summer of gardening. Beans and peas grow fast and produce lots of pods that are fun to pick and easy to eat. Plants like squash, tomatoes, and peppers should keep producing throughout the summer, and you and your kids can track the progress of the fruit, watching it grow and change color. If you have the space, supplement your faster growing crops with a pumpkin vine. You can watch it grow all summer and make a homegrown jack-o-lantern in the fall. If you’re looking for easy-to-grow flowers, you can’t go wrong with marigolds and sunflowers. Whatever you choose to grow, make it special and be forgiving. Even if the seeds spill, or they don’t get sown in a straight line, your kids will see them grow into real plants and real vegetables, giving them a cool look into nature and food production. And since the garden is “organic,” with no harmful chemicals, the garden will be a welcoming place for pollinators, another great topic to cover with your children as they watch in wonder while pollination takes place.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.