My kids love vegetables!  That’s right, they LOVE their veggies…veggies that they have planted from seed, watered, watched grow, and patiently awaited the moment they ripen.  You can get your garden started today, no matter where you are or what outdoor space you have to work with.

What you will need:

– seeds (let the kids choose their favourites)

– soil (a good potting soil is recommended)

– containers (use empty tin cans, margarine containers, old coffee mugs etc.)

– water

– a sunny window

Follow the directions on the seed pack and plant accordingly.  Use whatever container you have in the house…or if you have seedling trays you can use those.  Choose a sunny location to place your starter garden and watch the enjoyent the kids get when the first sprout peaks its head out of the soil.  There is really nothing more rewarding than watching the daily progress of your efforts.  When all chance of frost has passed, you can transplant the sprouted seedlings in the garden.

If you do not have garden space, container gardening is a a great option.  Transplant the seedlings into larger containers and place on a deck or balcony.  Don’t forget to water the plants regularly.

Here are some popular plants to start with:


  • Sunflowers: Your kids will be wowed by how quickly they catch up to them in height. Keep track with a measuring tape.
  • Beans: These fast growers can climb ladders, poles, or just about anything else in your garden. Great for picking and eating right off the vine too.
  • Peas: Our garden wouldn’t be complete without lots of peas to nibble on daily.
  • Nasturtium: Pretty and edible, flowers and all. They also attract hummingbirds to your garden, a sure delight.
  • Potato: These buried treasures make harvest time and digging in the dirt all the more fun.


If you have a bit of extra space in your garden this year, why not consider helping those in need:  Grow a Row

Call 1-877-571-GROW(4769) for a free package of beans to grow in your garden this summer and share some of the harvest with your local food bank.



Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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