Gardening With Kids: Plant an Odds-and-Ends Garden

With spring still weeks away, here's an easy way to get growing. Kids will love turning ordinary kitchen scraps into a windowsill gardening project. And who knows? It might even inspire them to eat more veggies.

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Plant Pointers

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Plant Pointers

  • Start with organic produce (we found it grows a bit better than the conventional variety), and rinse the scraps well.
  • Set the garden in a warm spot where it will get as much sunlight as possible.
  • Check the water every day and change it every three to four days to keep stinkiness at bay.
  • Use a spray bottle of water to mist the leaves every few days.
  • If you like, transfer the rooted plants to containers with potting soil to encourage further growth.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Keep a Plant Journal

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Keep a Plant Journal

Have kids record each plant's start date, then add sketches, measurements, and notes as the days go on.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Beets

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Beets

Slice the top ½ inch from a fresh beet with its greens still attached. Trim the greens, leaving about ½ inch of stem. Rinse the beet top, then place it in a shallow dish of water. Little shoots should appear within several days.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Celery

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Celery

Trim a bunch of celery 3 inches or so above its base. Place it in a shallow dish of water. Leaves should grow out of the center in a week, and tiny roots will also sprout from the bottom. Peel away any rotting stalks as the plant grows.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Basil

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Basil

Trim several stalks from a basil plant, pinching off the larger leaves from the stalks' tops (this focuses energy on root-growing). Submerge the cut ends in water. The bottoms will darken, and, after about two weeks, small roots should emerge.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Garlic

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Garlic

Tightly pack several peeled garlic cloves in a small container and cover them with water. Roots should appear within the first few days, then sprouts will emerge from the cloves' tops within a week.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Yams

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Yams

Wash a yam well, then cut it in half. Place the cut surface in a shallow dish of water. Leaves will appear in two weeks.

Originally published in the February 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.