Why not start a kids' community garden? Your kids' friends will have something constructive to do when they visit. Plus, you'll be giving back to the community. Do your kids' friends make a mess out of your yard when they come over? Are you tired of the destructive kids in your neighborhood? Want to give them something positive to do? This could be your solution.
Talk to their parents.
Make sure they're OK with kids gardening at your house. Some parents might be uncomfortable with their kids being there. The world is a dangerous place. Invite parents to come along if they wish. A community garden is a great way to get to know the families of your kids' friends. Plus, they can help kids so you can concentrate on your own garden plot.
Divide it up.
Keep it simple and inexpensive. Use old scrap wood to divide garden areas up for kids. They don't need raised beds. They're closer to the ground than you are. Till the soil for them. Add a little of your own compost to get them started. Have them design their own plots. Encourage them to add personal decorative touches. Let them be creative.
Show kids how to compost.
Explain to them how natures recycles garden waste into nutrient rich soil. It's a simple concept to grasp. You can all work together on a large compost pile. This gives everyone free fertilizer for their garden areas with shared labor. Change the future by educating kids in organic gardening techniques.
Have kids bring seeds they wish to plant.
Advise them to grow what they like to eat. If they lack the funds, let them use some of your old seeds or this years leftovers. Show them where they can get more seeds for free. They can save seeds from produce or share seeds with friends. One seed packet goes a long way when planting small garden plots.
Give kids gardening instruction when needed.
Suggest improvements for struggling plants. Explain that different plants need different care. Help them with watering, fertilizing and weeding schedules. Check on their gardens from time to time. Brag about their accomplishments. Guide them through their failures. Have them experiment a little, so they can learn. Starting a kids community garden is good for your own personal growth and theirs. Why not get started today?
Portions of this article were previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.