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Playing in the Garden Dirt

Dirt is a great place to play, explore and learn. Garden dirt is even better than yard dirt because you can grow delicious vegetables to eat.

If you want to have a garden close at hand, try a garden in a pot. If you have a large box, bucket or pot, turn it into a "salad garden" and plant little vegetables like lettuce, radishes, carrots and a couple flowers just for fun!

Want to get started faster? How about picking a short vine from a philadendron plant and sticking it in a glass of water to watch it sprout roots?

Or you can stick the end of a potato or sweet potato into a little water in a glass or jar and watch it sprout both leaves and roots! is a great place to get ideas and information about how to create your own backayrd garden...or even in a flower pot.

If you need a little help, ask your parents to help. Here's even a guide for them to use to help you get started:

Go to: to discover all kinds of information that just crops up page after page!

And for some good fun in the sun and soil, try this project:

Veggie Plant Parts

It even has an edible science project for you to experiment with...then eat!

For more articles about NATURE & KIDS

Young Birders Get Serious About Birding Fun
The Squirrel Family 0 Backyard Nature Safari
Hamsters are rodents and cuddly pets
Kids Learning Links
Buddy's Diner (for the birds)
Bird Profiles for Young Naturalists