When the Adult Is a
Wooden yardstick | 2-3
bags of compost
Enough concrete blocks
to form a 36" square
If you're planting
April 1: seeds for leaf lettuce and radishes, and pansy seedlings
If you're planting after
May 15: bush bean seeds, a green pepper seedling, and zinnia seeds
Pole or cage to
support the green pepper plant
Large craft sticks and
permanent marker for labels
Watering can with a
"rose" so it'll sprinkle | plant fertilizer such as Miracle Gro
want to garden with a child or a group of children, but you have zero gardening
experience? Not to worry! Here's a fun and simple starter project that gives
kids a little practice with math and measurement, too.
find a spot in full sun and measure a 36" square with the yardstick. Help the
children line up the concrete blocks to form a square. Fill with compost. Older
children might enjoy computing the cubic feet of compost that will fill that
space, which is figured by multiplying the length times the width times the
height of the concrete block "wall."
follow spacing instructions on the seed packets or seedling stakes. Have the
children write labels on the craft sticks to keep track of the three plants in
Now have the children water in their seeds
and seedlings with a gentle "rain" from the watering can - not drenching them,
but sprinkling. Sprinkle every day. Once the seeds have sprouted, fertilize,
according to package directions, usually every two weeks.
the children chart the days to harvest (bean pods appear, flower heads appear)
and then enjoy the results together!