In this No Fuss video guide, Alan Titchmarsh shares some of his secrets to getting children interested in gardening, including appealing to their sense of competition and giving them a discreet helping hand.
He also looks at growing kits, tools and plants that appeal to children, and gives ideas for quick-growing crops that grow quickly and taste great.
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To put Alan Titchmarsh’s advice into practice we’ve put together a range of kids’ garden tools, kits and sets, guaranteed to get your children gardening and enjoying the outdoors.
Children’s Gardening Tools
Kids Gardening Tools
These tools are miniature versions of the real thing from Burgon & Ball, complete with stainless steel blades, so they actually work. The durable ash and rubberwood handles should weather better than toy plastic versions too. A digging spade https://www.gardenersworld.com/reviews/10-best-garden-spades/ and digging fork are suitable for children aged 6 and over, while the hand fork and trowel can be used by children over the age of 4.
Price: from £9.95
Buy Children’s Gardening Tools from Harrod Horticulture
Grow Your Own Sunflower Kit
Kids gardening kit Grow your own sunflower kit
Growing sunflowers is a great activity to do with kids. These bright flowers are fast-growing, so children don’t have to wait long for results, and they’ll be amazed at how tall a plant they can grow from just a small seed. This growbag contains everything they need to get started, including seeds, peat-free compost and instructions for sowing their sunflower and planting it out in the garden.
Buy Grow Your Own Sunflower Kit from Etsy
Kids gardening kit Animal Stickers
Help kids personalise their gardening activities with vibrant stickers – perfect for making plant pots, garden tools and toys more colourful. Choose from a host of different designs, including these cute, foil animal stickers.
Buy Animal Stickers from Hobby Craft
Little Gardeners Mimosa Kit
Little Gardeners Mimosa Kit
As Alan Titchmarsh explains, mimosa is great for getting kids interested in gardening, because the leaves curl up when touched – that’s why it’s also known as the sensitive plant. This Little Gardeners Kit comes with a two-litre pot, compost and seeds. There are also fun facts and activities, growing instructions and even a sticker sheet so children can make the pot their own.
Buy Little Gardeners Mimosa Kit from Amazon
Strawberries Jute Grow Set
Kids gardening kit Strawberry jute grow set
Kids love sweet, juicy strawberries and this kit allows them to grow their own – even if you only have a windowsill. What better way to get kids excited about eating their five-a-day, than by growing one themselves. The kit contains a plastic-lined jute bag, seeds, soil and self-watering gel. Put it somewhere sunny, keep it watered and kids can watch their strawberries grow.
Buy Strawberries Jute Grow Set from Not on the High Street
Briers Kids Watering Can
Kids gardening kit Briers watering can
A full watering can is heavy for little hands to carry, but this lightweight, miniature metal version should be just right for kids. The bright colours have extra kid-appeal, while the rose will help them water plants gently, rather than drowning them.
Buy Briers Kids Watering Can on Amazon
Suttons Vegetable Seeds
Kids gardening kit vegetable seeds
As Alan Titchmarsh says, getting kids into gardening is always easier if they can see results fast and get to enjoy the fruits of their labours. Growing tasty vegetables ticks both of those boxes. Choose fast-growing veg that they like to eat. Spring onions, lettuce and radishes are quick and easy to grow, so ideal for kids to get started with.
Radish seeds mixture
Price: from £1.75
Buy Suttons Vegetable Seeds from Suttons
Nutley’s Coloured Plant Pots
KIds gardening kit coloured plant pots
This great-value pack includes 48 small plant pots in a rainbow of eight vibrant colours. Let kids choose a pot to match the colour of the plant they’re growing or, if you have several children, it’s an easy way for kids to keep track of which plants are theirs – perfect for growing competitions!
Buy Nutley’s Coloured Plant Pots on Amazon
Briers Kids Gardening Gloves
Kids gardening kit Briers junior gloves
Protect delicate little hands with a pair of gardening gloves. These brightly coloured, elasticated gloves by Briers are designed to fit 5- to 9-year-olds, and will help keep their hands clean and safe from scrapes and scratches.
Buy Briers Kids Gardening Gloves on Amazon
Children’s Grow Your Own Cress Gardening Set
Kids gardening kit grow your own cress set
This set is perfect for the smallest gardeners, and comes complete with everything they need to grow their own cress – perfect for adding to sandwiches. As well as the seeds and coir planter, the kit includes colourful tools, plant markers and a child-sized watering can. There’s also a notebook and pencil so they can keep track of their progress.
Buy Children’s Grow Your Own Cress Gardening Set from Not on the High Street
Venus fly trap
Kids gardening kit venus fly trap
This macabre plant is bound to spark your little one’s interest. The Venus fly trap is carnivorous and will attract and eat flies. Kids can even test out the plant’s reflexes by touching a trap with a pencil and watching it close – but be careful not to try that trick too many times! They grow well on a windowsill indoors, so you don’t even need a garden.
Buy Venus fly trap from Thompson & Morgan
Plant it, Grow it and Eat it
Kids gardening kit plant it grow it eat it
This engaging kit teaches kids to grow beans, cress and nasturtiums. As well as the seeds and materials for growing, there are colour-in and cut-out garden characters. Glue, a ruler and spatula are also included.
Buy Plant it, Grow it and Eat it from Etsy
Grow A Lightsaber Yoda Onion Seeds
Kids gardening kit spring onions
Young Star Wars fans will love growing their own edible ‘lightsabres’. Fast-growing spring onion seeds are a great way to get kids into growing their own vegetables.
Buy Grow A Lightsabre Yoda Onion Seeds from Suttons
RHS Let’s Get Gardening guide
Kids gardening kit Let’s Get Gardening book
This bright, clear and engaging book from the Royal Horticultural Society has tips for the whole family. Packed full of activities to do with children, there are DIY tricks, like turning old wellies into plant pots, and wildlife-friendly advice, such as how to build a miniature nature reserve in your own back garden.
Buy RHS Let’s Get Gardening guide from Amazon
There’s A Tiger In The Garden Seed Bomb and Book Set
Kids gardening kit There’s a Tiger in the Garden book and seed bomb set
The grenade-shaped container is filled with flower seeds and organic compost. Throw it into a patch of bare soil in the garden and look forward to seeing the colourful flowers grow. This one is inspired by the popular children’s book, There’s a Tiger in the Garden, and includes a copy of the book. The seedbom contains a mixture of black cornflower, African daisy ‘Orange Glory’, rudbeckia and Californian poppy seeds – to create an orange and black display as vibrant as any tiger.
Buy There’s A Tiger In The Garden Seedbom from Not on the High Street
Sweetcorn Growing Pot of Fun
Kids gardening kit sweetcorn growing pot of fun
If your little one already has all the tools they need, and you’d like to try growing sweetcorn, try this cute starter set. It includes seeds, a pot, compost cubes and a plant marker topped with a bunny rabbit. Kids aged three and up can join in.
Buy Sweetcorn Growing Pot of Fun on Amazon