Spring Gardening with Kids

Gardening Without a Garden

Ground Zero Garden with Paul Greenburg: Spring
Ground Zero Garden with Paul Greenburg: Spring

No plot to call your own? Don't worry. Gardening isn't just for families blessed with an expansive backyard. If you're a city dweller, check your neighborhood for a community garden. Or do your gardening in a window box -- you'll get almost instant results and there are no weeds to pull!

What you need:

  • A window box -- pick a container at least 8 inches wide and deep
  • Potting mix
  • Watering can
  • Plants ready for planting


1. Anchor the box securely under the window with galvanized L-shaped brackets screwed into the wood or masonry. Remember that it's going to be heavier when it's full!

2. Fill the window box half full with potting mix and add water to moisten.

3. Set plants 2 to 5 inches apart in the box. Slip plants out of their pots without pulling on the stems and gently unfurl the roots before planting.

4. Fill in the spaces between plants with soil mix, and water thoroughly.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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