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Winter Gardening with Your "Budding Gardener"

December 6th, 2011 | 1 min. read

By Jenna Roby

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-times-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents?  You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!

Curious kids (and parents) will discover their green thumbs with the fun-filled gardening activities in The Budding Gardener. With a little dirt, some water, and few tools, the 50 activities in this book will bring you and your child together to share some magical outdoor moments.


Kids will enjoy making their own mini-gardens in the winter!

What You’ll Need:

  • A clear glass or plastic container with a wide opening (a goldfish bowl or a small fish tank is ideal)
  • A few small plants (Visit a garden center and look for small houseplants. Ivy and asparagus ferns are hardy and usually do well. For flowers, you might choose violas, small petunias, or miniature African violets.)
  • Colorful aquarium rocks or other small gravel
  • Newspapers or an old plastic tablecloth to cover your work area
  • Plastic measuring cup or other cup, for scooping dirt
  • Potting soil

What to Do:

  1. Spread old newspaper or an old plastic tablecloth over your work area.
  2. Set out the container. Your child should fill it about ¼ full with colorful rocks or gravel.
  3. Now, using the cup, he can scoop potting soil into the container, filling it to about the halfway mark.
  4. Demonstrate how to remove the plants from their plastic nursery pots.
  5. With his small hands, let him make holes in the dirt and plant the little plants in the fish bowl. Press the dirt firmly around the roots and add a little more dirt if needed to keep them in place.
  6. Water the terrarium.
  7. For clean-up, bundle the excess potting soil in the old newspaper or tablecloth and take it outside.
  8. Place the indoor mini-garden near a sunny window but not in direct sun, and water it about twice a week. Do not over water this enclosed space! Your child may need guidance, but he will enjoy the responsibility of watering.


Author(s)Mary B. Rein

Jenna Roby

A graduate of High Point University, Jenna Roby served as marketing specialist for Gryphon House from 2013-2015.