Garden Projects For Children

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Can anybody give me some good ideas for garden projects I can do with my kids?

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Answer #2 · Chason Arthur's Answer · My kids really enjoyed growing gourds that we used to make bird houses and bottles. Kids have fun just watching gourds grow beacuse they have so many different amusing colors, markings and shapes.

When growing gourds allow about 15 feet of garden space for each plant. Plant a half dozen seeds in the center of the space following directions on the package.Once established,  the plants will probably require a lot of water.

Harvest the gourds before the first frost by cutting the stem, not twisting it. After washing any dirt and debris from the gourd you can dip it into a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water to help keep it from rotting. Drill a hole through the neck of the gourd and then insert a wire to hang it with. Hang in a dry place until you can hear the seeds rattle around in the dried shell. This usually takes a month or so.

To make the gourd into a birdhouse, drill a 2" diameter hole in the side of the gourd for the birds front door. Remove the dried seeds and fibers. Drill two 1/4" holes about 1 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the gourd for ventilation and drainage. For a more colorful look, paint the gourd in the motif of your choice, then finish with two coats of satin polyurethane. Hang the birdhouse in a sheltered area at least 6 feet from the ground.

To make the gourd into a water jug just use a saw to cut the top of the neck off.)

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Answer #1 · Chason Arthur's Answer · I raised three children of my own and now have two grandchildren, and I love gardening so have quite a bit of experience in this category. With all the indoor video game playing and such that kids do these days, there's definitely a need for outdoor projects and fun.

The project my kids and grandchildren enjoy(ed) the most is seed collecting and saving. Your kids will probably enjoy it too. Kids enjoy nothing more than outdoor exploration and treasure hunts. To kids, seed collecting and saving is a fascinating scavenger hunt that will provide a reason for them to help you out in planting next years garden!

To make it more interesting and fun, let your kids use crayons or magic markers to make their own personalized seed packages or envelopes. They can draw or put photos of the plants and flowers on the packages as well. Just do a Google "image search" to find some good pictures to print and use. There's a helpful article on this website about seed collecting, saving and storing. Use the search to find it.)

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