Gardening with Kids

With the cold weather hopefully behind us, I always get the urge to make my backyard all pretty and colorful again. While I have some perennials in tree beds, I have lots of flower pots around as well.


This year I let the kids pick the flowers they wanted. Each was in charge of planting their own pots and are also responsible for watering them each day. (Yes, my son chose to water his plants with a squirt gun.)


Before you say, “Oh what a nice Mommy letting her kids get so involved!”, I have a confession to make…I love to look at them, but I hate to water these daily, I have so much going on that it’s just another chore for me, not to mention that I constantly forget, which leads to dead plants. So, after shelling out money for these flowers I decided I needed some re-enforcement from people who actually like to play in the hose and get dirty.

Just to give you an idea of what they accomplished in a day for me, here’s some of their handy-work, there are 9 pots along that wall:

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Not a planter, but some of our other flowers, my 7yr old daughter is in charge of these beauties!


Yay, a big welcome to Spring time!


  • Stephanie May 22, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I love this post! Aren't children fun in the garden? 🙂 I love to see them join in and have fun. Here's a link to a homeschool article and a couple of photos of what went on in our garden in spring:

  • JDaniel4's Mom May 22, 2010 at 3:08 am

    They did a beautiful job. The yard looks wonderful.

  • Lauren May 22, 2010 at 4:53 am

    My children love gardening…well, rally just digging in the dirt! lol! Your backyard is beautiful! I lve tulips, but it is way too hot where we live for them.btw, I used your tutorial to make some felt donuts for my kids! They turned out great! I will be blogging about it next week and referencing your blog! 🙂

  • Joyful Learner May 22, 2010 at 5:14 am

    What a great way to teach responsibility AND free up some time for yourself to manage other things! I love the ideas and the results! Tulips look beautiful!

  • Rachel May 22, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Your flowers look beautiful. I love this post and the beauty in gardening with our children. My little ones are so excited about helping me in my gardens. In fact, my peas are about 2 inches high and they can hardly contain their excitement.Blessings,Rachel

  • Kara May 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

    LOL about the watering w/ the squirt gun 😀

  • Pattycake Manners May 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

    We're planning on getting dirty today too! My kids get so excited about planting seeds. Great pics!

  • Camie May 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    How wonderful!

  • Kami May 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Looks lovely!

  • Erin @ Letter Soup May 25, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    This is a great post to get me motivated to do some planting with my kiddos! Thanks!


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