Gardening with Kids

Gardening with kids is a great way for children to learn about nature, where food comes from  as well as an opportunity to discuss some basic biology. (Or if you’re gardening skills are anything like mine they may also learn about disappointment when the garden doesn’t grow – fortunately this isn’t “my” garden so it should be fine!) It may even  help persuade  fussy eater to try to eat some vegetables if they grow them themselves.

It’s also an ongoing project, which is ideal for the school holidays!

If you’re completely clueless as to how to get started head to your local nursery or home improvement store (such as Masters and Bunnings) and talk to their staff – hopefully they’ll be able to give you advice about what plants will suit your yard, climate and needs.

This project can be as big as digging out a new garden bed – or as simple as sprouting some seeds on damp cotton wool – the point is that children will get to take care of a plant and (hopefully) watch it grow!

Here’s our gardening with kids experience so far!

Getting the supplies with Daddy!
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Getting the most out of a small garden bed.
And a small pot for herbs.
Watering the garden with an elephant watering can.
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Even Miss 2 year old can get involved.


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Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.


  1. we just planted a heap of stuff last week. Zucchinni, chilli, snow peas, carrots, roma and yellow tomatos, water mellon and basil. still need to pop in the passion fruit, strawberries and blackberries next weekend! and when we have some spuds sprouting roots in the spud bag thy will go in too. next step, Chooks!!!!

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