Gardening with Kids

With warmer weather and sunnier skies, and April showers, it's time to get planting (we know, because we grow). And involving your kids in gardening is a fun shared experience that can teach them about nature, nutrition, and patience. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Top 10 tips for Gardening with Kids

  1. Start small with easy-to-grow herbs. Fresh basil is a perfect way to add extra flavor to recipes like our Turkey Bolognese Sandwich.
  2. Teach kids about gardening and recycling at the same time by reusing your empty Libby’s Vegetable Cups as seed starters. Just add soil, fertilizer, water, and a seed of your choosing, and let the growing begin.
  3. Bring out their creativity by having them paint the exterior of the vegetable cups with the names or images of the herb or plant — which will also help you remember what you’re growing.
  4. Choose a plant with a quick growth cycle, like tomatoes, sunflowers, or herbs — they’ll get to see and enjoy their plants sooner.
  5. Plant markers are essential! Make sure to label your seed starters to keep track of your plants.
  6. Check your plants daily! You might not need to water them daily, but the warm, spring air might dry them out quicker than normal. 
  7. Ask your kids if there’s a certain recipe they want to try, and grow something with that goal in mind. If they want to try corn, start there and introduce it in a recipe like our Corn Pasta Salad.
  8. Gardening is a form of self-expression, so invite your kids to design the garden area. Little decorative touches like painted rocks will make them feel like it’s really their project.
  9. Looking for a fun, three-ingredient pairing that kids can make? Try mixing a can of Libby’s Vegetables, pasta, and your herbs for a delicious and easy meal.
  10. Remember to have fun, learn more about gardening, and enjoy your delicious plants!




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