Tag Archives: Gardening With Kids

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

Sing a Veggie Song, Do a Veggie Dance, Win a Garden

Urban Grown Veggies, a garden consulting company located in Washington, DC, has just announced that it will host a  a citywide “Creativity Kids Contest” this spring. All DC public school students are eligible to enter.  Students must use their creativity to sing or rap OR create an original dance for a song that the owners of the Read More →

ReCycling Bike Wheels to Make Music in the Garden

The beginning of March is a frustrating time. I am done with winter now, and want it to go away.  I have been trying to find indoor garden projects that allow me to dream and be creative while the cold weather hangs on.  Two weeks ago that meant heading over to Wilson High School to attend RootingDC and Read More →

Can Aphids on Milkweed Plants Harm Monarchs?

Will Aphids on Milkweed Harm or Deter Monarchs? Almost every afternoon for the last two weeks, monarch butterflies have been spotted flying through our urban garden here outside of DC.  Sometimes I see them from my home office window.  Other times, my kids will run in from playing outside and announce they’re seeing one on our Read More →

Choosing the Right Birdhouse, part 1

A Birdhouse Needs to be More than Cute A few years ago my children were given a cool-looking kit with the words “Build Your Own Birdhouse” written on the box.  It came with a great set of little metal tools and a whole bunch of pre-cut pieces of wood which seemed like a really cool Read More →

Growing Shitake Mushrooms with Your Kids

It was my six-year-old daughter’s idea to grow shitake mushrooms. We were sitting on the living room floor, surrounded by seed catalogs and gardening books, dreaming of spring. It was early March, and the weather outside was dreadfully grey and gloomy. Her dream was to grow all of her favorite foods. She envisioned a warm Read More →