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The key to a successful first garden is to keep it manageable. Begin by growing plants indoors in plastic containers. Give each child their own, and let them pick a flower or vegetable. When you’re ready to take your skills outside, try a 1½ or three-square-metre plot. (You can always size up once you have a handle on the basics.)
Establish a Routine
A garden won’t care for itself. Beds and containers need regular watering. Potted gardens may need a daily drink, while in-ground crops need about 2½ centimetres of water a week. Set aside time every day after breakfast. The plants will have plenty of moisture before the day heats up.
Make it Fun
A theme garden will capture a child’s imagination. Consider a pizza pot with kid-friendly cherry tomatoes, basil and sweet peppers. Or help your kids grow their own toys by planting Tennessee Dancing Gourds-excellent substitutes for spinning tops.