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Selection of Place
Selection of PlaceHow about helping your child plan and plant a garden? From preparing the soil, selecting the plants, planting seeds or transplants, watching them grow to finally harvesting the "crops," gardening is great family entertainment.

Keep two steps in mind: How much space is available for the garden and what is the age of the child? For a 2 - 4 year old, planting 1/2 packets of seeds and 1 to 2 plants each of tomato and pepper creates a big garden world even though it seems like a small space to you.

It`s wise to intensively care for a small space rather than overwhelming both you and the child with the weeds that will grow in a big area. Miniature vegetable varieties also may be more accessible and understandable to small children.

For younger children, soil preparation may be the most fun part of gardening. After letting your child help you till the soil, you may want to amend with an organic mixture such as compost or sphagnum peat at a ratio of 3 - 4 cubic yards per 1,000 square feet. If you have almost no space at all or perhaps you live in a townhouse or apartment, a small corner or balcony can provide adequate space for a child`s container garden. It`s surprising what you can grow and amazing how attractive the red leaves of `Red Sails` lettuce or `Ruby` Swiss Chard look in combination with other greens in containers. You`ll find special varieties of tomatoes just for this purpose, such as `Tiny Tim` and `Patio.` Sweet and chili peppers, bush beans and other vegetables also do well in containers. You can help children 5 to 8 years old, grow a larger sized garden with a greater variety of full-sized plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce or other greens, radishes, carrots, squash and your favorite herbs. And don`t forget the sunflowers and multi-colored flowering kale, always favorites with children of any age.
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