Gardening Fun for Kids

Metro Natural Gardening Specialist Carl Grimm showed us how to get the kids invovled in gardening.

Wonder Worm is your friend!
Worms are a wonderful way to inspire kids to connect with nature in the garden. They can also make the best organic fertilizer – free – from garbage! You just need a bin, some shredded newspaper or leaves, a handful of soil, and a couple handfuls of worms. Then feed your worms fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells and tea bags.  In time, roly-polies, millipedes, beetles, fungi and other organisms help turn the garbage into gardener’s gold. After a few months, reach in for handfuls of the finest fertilizer on the planet – no harmful chemicals necessary!

Blossom bingo is fun!
There are so many cool little creatures, colors and treasures in a natural garden that it is easy to make a fun outdoor learning game for kids. How about blossom bingo? Or better yet, Garden Bingo.  You can play this great game at our amazing new discover garden in Blue Lake Regional Park in the City of Fairview. All summer we offer free family programs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. and the garden is open everyday for fun explorations. See a pizza garden, scratch and sniff plants, a touch garden and more. There is also a new nature play area in Blue Lake Park that is super fun too – don’t miss it!

Going chemical-free protects your kids from pesticides
Make your garden more natural and fun by going chemical-free. This protects your kids from pesticides and helps attract birds and butterflies to your yard.

Metro has free gardening resources for you and your kids
Worm bin basics booklet
Natural garden fun activity book
Wonder Worm bookmarks
Natural garden bingo cards
A great variety of other publications, videos, coupons and more.

To learn more and get your free garden goodies, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/garden or call Metro Recycling Information at 503-234-3000.

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