Planting with Children - 1. Start with seed varieties that have large seeds, because they are easier for children to handle. 2. Some good choices are: beans, peas, sunflowers, marigolds, zucchini and pumpkin. These plants also grow quickly and that helps to keep your children's interest. 3. Tomatoes are satisfying plant for children to grow because growth is rapid and they like picking and eating the red fruit. (Please see the section on seed starting if you want to grow your own seedlings*) 4. Child-sized tools and gloves are a good investment. If you want your child's interest in gardening to grow, gloves and a kneeling pad are a must. 5. A child-sized wheelbarrow is nice. My kids have enjoyed both the Little Tykes and Radio Flyer types. 6. If money is an issue, Dollar Tree has child sized gloves and Home Depot has an inexpensive plastic hand shovel. You may have something around the house already that can serve as a kneeling pad. I like to use old kickboards from swimming lessons.
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*The seed-starting section will have specifics on starting your own plants.