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Gardening for Kids

Updated on February 10, 2015

Making gardening fun for kids

My nieces enjoying the garden
My nieces enjoying the garden
"Watcha Doin Uncle Robby"!
"Watcha Doin Uncle Robby"!

Benefits of kids in the garden

There are many fun ways to introduce gardening to a child, and children who learn how to garden at an early age will benefit in so many healthy ways.

1. For one it gets them out of the house, where they can breathe fresh air and soak up some beneficial vitamin D.

2. Encourages family time, teaches children how to work with Mom, Dad and other siblings.

3. Healthy diet, educates them as to where some of their food comes from, and hopefully encourages them to eat what they grow.

4. They get exercise, digging, raking, and pushing a garden cart/ wheelbarrow can be great exercise.

5. Teaches them how to set goals, work hard and reap the benefits of their labor.

6. Teaches children environmental awareness

7. Love for learning, all children possess the desire to learn, and teaching a child to garden is hands on experience that they can easily understand, and so many valuable life lesson can be taught to a child through gardening.

8. Teaches them nurturing skills.

9. Teaches children patience.

10. Gardening can enhance a child’s math, science and biology skills with hands on learning and experiments.

Garden Teepee

The list can go on and on of the many benefits associated with kids in the garden. One fun gardening project that you and the whole family can enjoy is building garden teepees. Garden teepees are a great way to attract your little ones into the garden and even the adults have fun hanging out in these shady little forts on a hot summer’s day, snacking on some string beans.

How to build a garden teepee

There really is no right or wrong way to build a garden teepee, the most important thing is that it is sturdy, and has plenty of trellis like structure to it for your plants to climb. A decent height for constructing a garden teepee should be 10 to 12 feet tall. You could use 2X4 lumber or long tree limb braches. Place your desired lumber/poles in a cone like shape and either screw/nail the top pieces together, or tie them with rope. Give yourself some room at the bottom. Say if you are using four poles at 10 to 12 feet high have them spaced out at the bottom a good, 4-5 feet. Once you have the teepee shape framed, you then will need to sheath it with aluminum wire or rope, lattice, thin boards, anything really that will act as a trellis to have a climbing plant like cucumbers or string beans a place to attach to. Be sure not to forget to leave yourself a nice entrance.

What to plant

Now that your teepee is constructed it is time to select what you want to grow on your teepee. There are many climbing flowers and vegetable to choose from like morning glory, cucumbers and gourds. The most popular plant to use for teepees is string beans. Be sure that you are using runner beans and not bush beans. The runners will climb all the way to the top of your teepee, the bush beans will not. String beans are a healthy snack that your kids and entire family will enjoy harvesting /snacking on all summer long.

So what are you waiting for, teach a kid how to garden, and HAVE FUN!

Garden Teepee

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    • Maira818 profile image

      Maira818 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      You have such cute nieces. Lovely topic hub to write about. I am not much into gardening, but my mother harvests roses. She loves to work on the little garden we have at home. Thank you much for sharing friend; God bless :)

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Jtrader, absolutely! I love container gardening, I was thinking about using some 5 gal buckets that I have kicking around to get an early start on my tomatoes and put together some herb and salad buckets. I like the buckets because they have handles to easily move around inside and outside and they offer a lot of space. I may even try throwing some carrots and radish's in with my tomato bucket.

      Thanks for commenting.

    • jtrader profile image

      jtrader 

      7 years ago

      Even families that don't have a lot of space can experience some of these benefits. Container gardening works well as a family activity.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Amen to that prasetio, gardening for kids is way better for than video games.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I'll show this to all my students. They will liked this information. I thought this is a great activity they can be done in Sunday morning with their parents than just play video game, right. VOTE up. God bless you.

      Prasetio

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Katie, Garden teepee's are a blast, they add so much character to a garden, also might I add that they are not just fun for kids but us much older kids as well.

      Your gonna have so much fun this summer with your girls in the garden. You will have to let me know how things go-(grow)for ya. Thanks for stopping by.

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I love the garden teepee and will def be doing this come spring. My daughters love gardening as they have been diggin in the dirt with me since they were a few months old as my oldest was born in May and my youngest born in July. Planting and Harvesting.

      Oh my I love the teepee the girls are going to have a blast with this. We have a fence around our garden and large cages of tomatoes we made ourselves, a teepee for the garden will be a great addition as I have a bed off the deck that just needs a rebirth. :) Katie

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      The deer are a big problem here as well. I plan to build a tall fence this year.

    • amy jane profile image

      amy jane 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      I love the idea of the garden teepee! My kids would love that. Every year we attempt to get a garden going...the kids love it. Unfortunately, by midsummer it is neglected or nibbled away by the deer. Maybe this year we'll get it right!

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      Mom 

      7 years ago

      Great photos Rob!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      cheapsk8chick, What! do away with the garden? Get those kids out there girl!

    • cheapsk8chick profile image

      cheapsk8chick 

      7 years ago

      And to think I was going to do away with my garden this year! I didn't really think about having the kids to help with it. Thanks for another great hub!

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR

      rpalulis 

      7 years ago from NY

      Kids do love dirt, sounds like a great hub topic Darlene, The Healing Properties of Dirt, I like it! I think that gardening for kids is starting to become more popular these says, such a good thing!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Kids love dirt, dirt is sooooooo healthy to breath in, it has healing properties included in dirt. Great hub, this is a most read for anyone with kids. I loved playing and making a garden all through my childhood. rate this up up love & peace darski

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