Growing your own garden

Garden Bed


Dark Green Pinwheel gardenGardening with kids can be an experience rich with learning, fun and quality time for your entire family. It can be as simple as a few containers of flowers all the way up to a full vegetable and fruit garden that feeds your entire family.

When: Spring through Fall

Where: Your own backyard, patio or a community garden

What: Growing your own vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs, etc. can be a fun adventure but can also take a lot of time and teach your children patience while they wait for everything to grow. Have your children keep a weekly log of the changes they see.

How to dress and what to bring: Make sure you cover up with sunscreen and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Grab a pair of comfortable canvas or leather gloves and shoes that clean up easily.

Need to know:  The seasons in Northern can vary each year.

Extra Extra: For some extra fun, get your children smaller size shovels and a little watering can so they can help.

Dad’s Take: Dads can get into the mix by building something with our own bare hands.

“Arrh, arrh, arrh!”

For starters, try building a raised garden bed. Some detailed plans can be found at We build one in our own backyard. Take a look at the results below in our gallery.

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