KIDS & GARDENING: Planting Interest


Magic in a Pot

Place some pebbles at the bottom of a bucket or a 9-inch planting pot. Fill the pot to the brim with potting compost. Sprinkle about 20 seeds on the top, cover them with a bit of compost, and water them. Leave the pot in a warm, light place. After a couple weeks, seedlings will begin to show.

When you have good growth from your seedlings, you can put the pot outside. Place little plastic figures or tiny gnomes among the little plants.

Herb Seed Starter

Fill an empty carton with compost. Push one seed into each cup so that it is covered by the soil. Water to make the soil damp. Shoots should appear after about a week or two. When the shoots are strong enough, transfer them into the garden. Stick a labeled popsicle stick into each cup so you know what your growing.

Tool Tote

Use scissors to cut away the top front section of a plastic milk jug. Decorate it with permanent markers or stickers. Some useful things for gardeners are loves, a trowel, old forks and spoons, scissors, plant labels and permanent markers, water dropper and a magnifying lens.

Garden Diary

All gardeners need diaries to keep track of their plants-when and where the seeds were planted, when they sprouted, and special things you did to make them grow better.


Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City

-Family Night in the Garden

-Children’s Drop in Saturday Classes

Utah Botanical Center, Kaysville

-Family Night 3 times a year

-Garden Fair in late August

The Conservation Garden Park, West Jordan

Garden Fair in September

Similar gardens in other counties can be found at


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