My garden has been growing ever since I started planting back in march. I began with herbs and some veggies like tomatoes. The herbs sprouted the quickest - but when I planted green beans and peas inside - THOSE were the quickest. I'm trying a little experiement of my own - to see if i can grow peas and green beans indoors (only one plant of each, the rest will be out doors). Green onions also sprouted up very quickly. I then added garlic, strawberries, grapes, green peppers and have beets, carrots, lettuce and other veggies waiting to be planted. Gardening has been addictive to me- and my seedlings are starting to smell like the veggies and herbs I will be havesting them from (great way to identify for the ones I forgot to label! LOL), and I keep wanting to see how many veggies and herbs I can grow, that we eat, to save us money, teach my daughter, and just have fun! There is *nothing* better than home grown produce!
My daughter has had a hand in everything we've done. my son is too young to really help (but he does a great job at maing a mess! LOL). DH and I bought the seed pods and the little starter "greenhouses" I guess - plastic bottoms and clear plastic tops with a plastic grid that helps you from overwatering your plants. The starter pods needed to be watered before seeds were put in to puff up, so my daughter helped with that, she watched the pods grow, she helped plant the seeds, and every day she asks about th eplants (do they need water? do they need their blanket? (the plastic cover)).
We are mainly container gardening this year, but we will be planting a few things in ground right next to our apt. My daughter really enjoys helping! I hope this will encourage her to eat lots of home grown veggies this summer!
Sunflowers are great for a kids garden (or an adults!). I always notice the brids eat most of the seeds before I can ever get to them, but I've heard that stringing fishing line from poles around the tops of the sunflowers (a few strands down the length of your sunflower line, if you planted in a line), will help keep the birds off of them because the shine of the fishing line makes them think the sunflowers are covered in glass. I've never tried it, and dont' know how true it is, but I might try it this year as long as I can figure out some way to do it where low flying birds won't behead themselves! :-)