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LH 77: Indoor Kid-Friendly Garden Projects for Winter

Indoor Garden Projects for Kids and the Young at Heart

I’m a firm believer in connecting kids with nature through gardening.

But who says that connection has to stop during the winter months?

It doesn’t!

In fact, engaging your kids in small indoor growing projects during the colder months can be more rewarding because the weather may be preventing any outdoor play.

A mini garden sitting in the middle of the kitchen table may be all you need to keep that connection strong.

Plus, it’s fascinating to watch something grow when you watch it up close.

In today’s podcast, I share some simple tips for creating three different growing projects that you can start now with your kids:

  • Forcing bulbs
  • Growing wheatgrass
  • Growing mushrooms.

But listen…You don’t need kids to do these projects!

We as adults can have just as much fun growing these things ourselves. So you feel free to start one of these projects yourself if you don’t have kids at home.

After all – we deserve a connection with nature too!

You will learn:

  • Why a connection to nature is so important for children today
  • All the materials needed for each project
  • Which bulbs are the easiest to force and why
  • The trick to getting wheatgrass to sprout quickly
  • When to know that your wheat grass is ready to “mow”
  • Why adding dinosaurs to your projects can take it to a new level
  • How a mushroom growing kit works
  • Safety training for your kids if you decide to grow mushrooms

Recommended Books:

Last Child in The Woods* by Richard Louv

Sunflower Houses* by Sharon Lovejoy

A Blessing of Toads* by Sharon Lovejoy

The Gardening Lab* by Renata Fossen Brown


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Forcing Bulbs – Blog Post

Using Alcohol to Shorten Paper White’s Growth – Blog Post

Fungi Perfecti – Mushroom Kits

Back to The Roots – Mushroom Kits




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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.