One of the best ways to get kids outside is through gardening. They’ll get hooked on how good it feels to work hard and see their garden grow under their care. If you want your kids to grow a green thumb it’s best to start with plants that are easy to care for so they won’t be discouraged. Help them clear a patch of yard and lay down some soil. If you have a garden, plant your child’s next to yours so you can work together. It’ll be a fun way to spend time together and learn something.

Pulling weeds can discourage even the most eager of little gardeners. If you want to limit the amount of pruning but keep them safe, look into organic weed killers. Weed killers made from vinegar, lemon juice, and other natural materials fit the bill. The EPA and the USDA Natural Organics Program should also have approved it. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your child is working around safe products when they’re gardening.

Watching grass grow can be a boring process, start your new gardeners off with plants and vegetables already grown at the garden shop. Transplant them into your little one’s garden so they can start off seeing their plants grow right away.

For more experienced or older gardeners starting a garden from seeds is a fun challenge and responsibility. Make sure you plant seeds according to the season they need to be planted in, pay attention to the level of sunlight and water they might need and plan accordingly.

Planting vegetables and using them in meals is a great way for your kids to see their efforts resulting in something delicious. Easy to grow vegetables include beans. They’re hardy and you can choose from peas, green beans and even soybeans.  Squash flourish once they root so they’re easy to care for. Arugula is a lettuce you can use in all your salads and one of the easier ones to grow. Kale is good for you, but it’s hard to get kids to try something new. Having them grow their own kale might encourage your kids to try it out.  Show your kids how proud you are of their hard work by using their veggies in the very meals they eat!

If your child wants a flower garden there are some easy options there as well. Lavender is a great plant to grow and one that will have your home smelling wonderful. If you don’t have room for a full garden plant primrose in pots, they’ll blossom into fun colors. Geraniums are a natural way to keep away weeds because of how low they are to the ground.  Forget-me-nots produce pretty, small flowers.

Whatever you choose to plant encouragement is key when helping your child grow a garden. Fostering interest in gardening can lead to a life long love of it. Persistence balanced with a relaxed attitude will lead to a great garden and a great time!