Spring is here and it’s time to get out of the house and into the garden! I’ve learned that most adult gardeners started their hobby as children. And the good gardening experiences we give our kids today become great gardening memories tomorrow. Hopefully, these five site picks will inspire your family (or your classroom) to put down your keyboard and mice and plant something tasty or beautiful. [Editor’s Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Gardening]

Composting for Kids4 stars

"Composting is fun! It's also easy. Let's learn about how we make compost and how we use it to grow beautiful gardens." Learning how to compost was one of the very first tasks I took on when we moved into our big-yard house. Not only is it satisfying to create our own nutritious mulch for the vegetables and flowers, but it is also ecologically and economically sound. Kids (and parents too!) can learn how in this simple slide presentation.

Great Plant Escape5 stars

"Welcome to the Great Plant Escape! My name is Bud. My good friend Sprout and I are helping Detective LePlant on his search. You will find that plants are an important part of your life. We will need your help to find clues, do experiments, and solve problems as we journey into the world of plants." This fun interdisciplinary Webquest for upper elementary students introduces botany and food science. It is organized into six separate cases, each of which includes activities, mysteries to solve and Web links. Want to integrate the Great Plant Escape into a classroom curriculum? Try the detailed teacher's guide.

Kids Valley Garden5 stars

From planning and planting your garden to maintaining it and entering your plants into competition, this site covers it all. Written expressly for kids, you'll find great advice ("Keep a Garden Journal to record how and when you worked on your garden and its results.") and step-by-step instructions. You'll also find a glossary to help with gardening terms from "annual" to "zone" and separate sections on growing flowers, veggies, herbs and shrubs.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Adventures of Herman the Worm

Kids Gardening

Kinder Garden

Seeds of Change Garden

Cite This Page

Feldman, Barbara. "Gardening." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 24 May. 2000. Web. 29 Aug. 2015. < >.

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