Kid-Gardening Supplies for a Guaranteed (Tiny) Green Thumb

Little kids are notoriously bad at growing things. Maybe they drown the plants because watering them is just so much fun. Maybe it’s because they get hot and tired after five minutes and decided to immediately abandon the gardening project they’ve been begging to do for months. Maybe they don’t have the STEM-worthy gardening tools that will inspire them to do something new, or maybe their teeny hands need better gardening gloves to protect them. Bottom line: Kids can struggle with gardening, but now is their time to shine. Because pandemic, plus sunshine. Here’s how you can help.

Aside from the obvious pros of gardening with kids (it gets them outside and teaches them responsibility and how to care for things), it also fosters independence, a love of our planet, lets them explore and create all while being a great skill they can use for the rest of their lives. You know those 98-year-old grandads you see in the neighborhood tending to their gardens? That can be your kid!

But sorting through all of the crap being sold as kids gardening supplies is exhausting — most of it is flimsy, and meant to look cute vs actually be used. I manage a farm, and believe me, there is a lot of crap out there. That’s why we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of kids gardening supplies that will guarantee your kiddo’s (tiny) green thumb. From sun hats and gardening aprons to just the right shoes, from pint-sized tools that will take a beating to a kids book on composting that encourages you to compost the actual book when you’re done, these are the best of the best.

Best of all, they will have your kid raring to get gardening. You know what they say: A little dirt never hurt.

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