Kids Native Milkweed

Found throughout much of North America, common native milkweed is the larval food source for the monarch butterfly. Milkweed’s silky filaments were once used as stuffing for pillows, mattresses, and life preservers. Farmers stopped growing milkweed on a commercial scale and began using massive amount of pesticides and monarch butterfly numbers fell. Milkweed silk may…

Kids deter Pests and Critters

Kids can deter pests and critters using organic gardening techniques, as no poison is safe. Kids can grow their food in organic raised bed gardens in a complex biological community creating conditions that make pest problems minimal. In the picture above, a row cover is used to deter pests and critters.   Kids can observe…

Kids Compost

Composting is the organic method to create healthy soil by increasing the organic content of the soil. Compost improves the soil’s texture, drainage, and fertility. Compost provides nutrients, moisture, and habitat for a large range of beneficial life forms, such as bacteria, fungi, insects, and worms that help create rich organic soil. Compost is food…

Kids turn Lawns into Gardens

In California, homeowners are tearing out their lawns and planting fruit trees, native plants, and vegetable gardens. In the picture above, Bill has planted fruit trees and native plants to attract pollinators all around his house. Lawns use up to 10 times more water, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides then agricultural land. The long drought…

Organic Earth Day

“Hey farmer, farmer, put away that DDT now; give me worms in my apples, but save me the birds and the bees, please.” In 1970, at the first Earth Day, Joni Mitchel sang that song in New York and I spoke in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles and here we are 49 years later,…

Kids No Dig Gardening

For centuries, gardeners have been digging up their garden soil, because they were taught that cultivation aerates the soil, incorporates organic matter, and brings pests to the surface. However, tilling the soil destroys the microorganisms and mycorrhizae in the soil that break down the organic matter naturally. Double digging or tilling also damages the soil…

Kids Revitalize the Soil

Springtime is the perfect time for kids to revitalize the soil in their raised bed gardens. The beauty of container gardening is filling the container with rich organic soil from the garden center or local soil company, even if the dirt beneath it is poor or the area is small. Then kids can create their…

Kids Spring Herb Garden

Springtime is the perfect time for kids to plant their first garden. An herb garden is a good choice, as herbs are easy to grow, most being hardy perennials, and once established will keep growing year after year. Herbs will grow in pots, window boxes, or mixed into a raised bed veggie garden. Herbs help…

Kids in the Community Garden

Kids blossom in the Community Garden, where various garden projects help kids to learn where their food comes from and to develop healthy eating habits. Community Gardens are springing up across the country, where kids can experience the miracle of life by growing their own delicious organic food. In the picture above, garden neighbors, Ann…

Kids Plant Salsa, Salad, and Pickles

Planting seeds in the spring is exciting! Kids can create a speciality garden in a raised bed filled with rich organic soil and compost. Kids can choose their favorite recipes, plant the ingredients, and harvest salsa, salad, or pickles. Kids can use organic heirloom seeds for flavor and diversity. As soon as nights stay above…