The mission of the Family Garden Project is
to encourage and support families with developing vegetable and
flower gardens in their backyards. Families can grow some
of their own food for eating, herbs for seasoning and flowers to
enjoy and share without spending lots of money.
A garden does not have to
be a tedious chore and can enhance family life.
can families participate?
Each year Granny’s Garden School offers 100 garden starter kits,
free with a $30 donation. These kits contain the same varieties
of seeds that we use in our garden program plus surprises. The
kits also contain coupons for free flower, vegetable and herb
plants and compost from Granny’s compost pile. Families simply
need to register, and then pick up their kits at Granny’s Garden
School. Each kit contains more than enough seeds to plant two 3'
x 10' vegetable garden beds plus a selection
of easy to
grow flower seeds. You do not have to
live in Loveland to participate.
Tips for getting
kids interested in gardening. The most important thing you can do is to
be a gardener yourself. Younger children usually want to be
wherever you are doing whatever you are doing. Use this to your
advantage to turn them on to a lifetime of gardening pleasure.
If you never had the opportunity to have
such an experience yourself, now is a good time to start. You
and your child can learn together. There are links on the
Granny’s Garden School website that can answer just about
any gardening question you may have. You can also come to our
gardens and learn first hand by gardening with Granny or one of
All-time favorite things for younger
children to grow and eat are peas and potatoes (plant mid
March), carrots and cherry tomatoes. The older children get a
kick out of the same things but really like anything unusual,
i.e. purple potatoes and red carrots.