Gift Idea – Starter Garden For A Child

by Tammy Taylor

With dreams of another amazing garden I worked diligently at the first of the year with visions of the same fresh produce I had enjoyed in previous years.  While the weather was still blustery I planted heirloom seeds in my indoor greenhouse to get a jump-start on starting seedlings, and later I started preparing the raised beds so that when we were welcomed with the warmth of spring I could finally set those tender seedlings into the sweet-smelling earth.  Then I would dream about a few short when weeks I could once again begin harvesting the most nutritious and beautiful organic produce fresh from the garden. This is just part of who I am – I *MUST* garden and although it’s lots of work I derive immense pleasure and satisfaction from it.

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But an illness popped up unexpectedly and my hard work preparing the beds turned into a mangled overgrown weed-laden out-of-control section of our yard.  Although I secretly hoped that I’d be able to save my beloved garden, before long I had to face the cold hard truth – that for the first time ever I’d be without a garden this year.  It was pretty defeating, I won’t lie.

Seed pack, pot, soil & decorative container - PERFECT! This gift came from my heart didn't cost much & it only took a few minutes to assemble. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then a miracle happened – several families surprised me by showing up at my house and preparing my garden for planting, a garden I had already resigned myself to not being able to enjoy this year.  These Garden Angels were such a blessing, and they swooped in and cleaned out the weeds, raked dirt and planted the veggies both from my indoor greenhouse and  also some they had apparently brought with them.  Wow.  Two young children came with their parents to help.  Now these kids didn’t jump in and then get bored and just get in the way from then on, they worked HARD the entire time there was work to be done – digging weeds, raking dirt and planting tender seedlings – it was precious.  They knew they were doing a random act of kindness and embracing their community but I’m not sure they quite understood how much it was appreciated.

Seed pack, pot, soil & decorative container - PERFECT! This gift came from my heart didn't cost much & it only took a few minutes to assemble. #TaylorMadeHomestead

This same family subsequently brought food several times over the next few weeks – what wonderful friends and neighbors to have!  But as the time neared for me to return the containers they had delivered food in, I decided I also wanted to give a special thank you to these special young hearts.  I was thinking how wonderful it would be if I could help instill a love of gardening in these two youngsters.  I purchased a purple porcelain watering can for the little girl and a more ‘manly’ red, white and blue basket for the boy. Hummm… now what kind of seeds to give?  I remembered the little girl was amazed when I told her about the 6-ft tall sunflower plants I always planted in my garden that included flowers so huge the birds could land on them and feed on the seeds, so of course I purchased a packet mammoth sunflower seeds for the her.   For the boy I turned to my husband for advice, “What’s a ‘manly’ vegetable?” I asked.  He of course answered onions!  HA!  I asked him to think ‘child’ instead, and we decided watermelon would be fun for him, so we bought him a pack of watermelon seeds.  I also picked up a couple of terracotta pots and saucers. When I got home I placed some seed-starting mix in a couple of baggies, tied them with ribbon and then placed a bag of soil in each pot. Then I placed one of the pots in the little purple watering can and the other in the red, white and blue basket.  I tucked the seed packet on top and we set out to deliver our child-sized thank-you’s.

Seed pack, pot, soil & decorative container - PERFECT! This gift came from my heart didn't cost much & it only took a few minutes to assemble. #TaylorMadeHomestead

The kids were so excited!  This gift came from my heart but it didn’t cost much, it only took a few minutes to assemble and no doubt showed the little ones how much their efforts were appreciated.  Gotta love it when it all works out in the end!

~TMH~

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27 thoughts on “Gift Idea – Starter Garden For A Child

  1. Anya

    This is such a wonderful idea! I think it’s important to teach kids about the gift of gardening at a young age.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Exactly Anya. And since they already had their hands in the dirt when helping to plant my garden, I was able to capitalize on their interest and spring it forward even more. ~TMH~

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  2. Elaine

    What a great story!! Glad you were able to have a garden after all!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you later today!! Pinned!!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      My garden angels gave me more than a garden that year Elaine , they touched my heart in ways they couldn’t imagine! ~TMH~

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  3. Gabrielle Tyler

    What a great idea! My children love checking on the things we plant. And, this gift wont take up space or cause clutter!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Exactly Gabrielle, a kid-sized educational tool that’s fun too. ~TMH~

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  4. Pamela Shank

    What a wonderful story. Loved your pictures too. My little grandchildren would love to have this gift. I am going to borrow your idea and make them one. Thank you

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      🙂 Thanks Pamela. The kids loved their gift and that touches my heart. ~TMH~

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It turned out perfect, Sherry. And both kids picked up a renewed interest for veggie gardening. Love it! ~TMH~

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  5. Hannah

    Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope you stop by again! likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/05/eco-kids-tuesday_21.html

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  6. Angela@mamarosemary.com

    This is such a beautiful heartwarming story. Thank you so much for sharing it on Natural Living Monday!

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  7. Lisa Lynn

    How wonderful to have such a great group of friends and family to help out! And a great idea for the gift baskets for the kids 🙂 Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today! theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/the-creative-homeacre-hop-15.html

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  8. Jenny

    What a cool idea! I’m sure they will enjoy their seeds. Thanks for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop! Look forward to having you back tomorrow; blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes ma’am Jenny, the kids were thrilled with their gifts and when I see them in church they are always excited to tell me about the seedling’s progress. So sweet! ~TMR~

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  9. Pam @ An Artful Mom

    This is wonderful! And I love the garden kit. My daughter would have just loved this when she was younger. She and I got into gardening just in the last few years, but wish I’d started sooner. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Kathe

    Oh sharing the love of gardening with children is so near and dear to my heart! I love your sweet thank you gifts! Thank you for sharing this post at my party this week! I have featured it on my Facebook page and have pinned it to my You’re Gonna Love It board on Pinterest!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh Kathe, that’s GREAT! Thanks for the compliment, the feature and the pin. 🙂 ~TMR~

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  11. Cara

    I just did this for a birthday gift idea. It turned out really nice and I felt really good about not just giving a toy.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Good for you Cara – you gave that child a gift that nourishes the his mind and hopefully creates a love of gardening! ~TMR~

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  12. Heather

    That is a great idea! I have a few birthday parties coming up for kids and this has got me thinking…a garden starter kit would be a unique gift the children will not get from anyone else!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes Heather, I think kids are naturally interested in the wonders of a growing seed, so a gift like this would certainly ‘plant the seed’ for a little future gardener! 😉 ~TMR~

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  13. Justyn @ Creative Christian Mama

    What a sweet story and wonderful gift idea! Thanks so much for linking-up you post to the Weekend Whatever. I hope we get to see some more linked up from you next week. 🙂

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  14. Linda @ A La Carte

    This warms my heart that people in your community reached out to help you! I know you will enjoy the fresh veggies! Great idea for a gift to kids. My Grandson is 2 and I’m thinking he might like to grow some sunflowers, but watermelons would be great fun…he loves watermelon. Thanks for sharing at TTF! Linda

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Linda, it still warms my heart that they reached out like they did! The gifts were very well received and that always makes ya feel good too. 🙂 ~TMR~

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