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young girl in the gardenStart 'em young and you'll have them busy around the garden for years to come.

Did we mention it's also a great learning experience?

Children love to garden, and it doesn't take much to spark their interest in a gardening project that's fun and educational - and nutritious. In fact, start kids learning how to grow a vegetable garden and you may even find them finishing their spinach one day ....

How to help kids plant a garden, with tips on making it easy and fun:

• In the garden, most kids like to see results and fast. Help them choose plants known for their rapid growth like beans, radishes or lettuce. If flowers are their thing, opt for snapdragons, verbena, marigolds, impatiens, or other fast-growing plants that will result in a quick and colorful reward.

• Think BIG. Possessed of a bit more patience, older kids like nothing more than to grow plants that are impressively gianormous. Obvious choices here are watermelons. pumpkins, and huge beefsteak tomatoes along with the ever-popular sunflower that can quickly grow over 6 feet tall!

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• Keep it interesting. Get creative by experimenting with different container garden projects that the kids will love, like hand painting a terra-cotta pot. Also look around the house for more items you can recycle -- such as a sand beach bucket, a watering can, a metal wagon, or even an old construction boot.


More about kids gardening around the Web:

Just up ahead, find out more about how to get the kids away from the computer games and out into the fresh air and sunshine this spring and summer at top sites offering fun gardening ideas for children of all ages...

KinderGarden - This is an award winning site with cool ideas for kids and tots to learn more about insects, frogs and flowers, with tips on projects, school and community gardens, image galleries, suggested books, related resources.

My First Garden - Fun, colorful and educational guide starts with the basics and continues on to seed selection, garden planning and lots more, with teacher resources and an image gallery. Courtesy of the University of Illinois Extension.

KidsGardening - Great site for kids, parents and teachers. Fun gardening resources used as educational tools with feature articles on garden planning, native plants and ecology, plus stories, activities and ideas geared to the classroom.

Junior Master Gardener Kid's Zone - Discover cool stuff and Did You Know's for older kids, plus in-depth facts and information on critters, composting, teepee gardening, plant growth & development.

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