Garden themed Gifts for Children

No one more appreciates the magic of a garden more than children.

Their constant curiosity, eagerness and tenacity make them excellent gardeners and joyful garden companions. The garden offers many teachable moments for young ones including the opportunity to get outside, connect with nature and get dirty.


Here are a few of our top choices for the kidlets in your life!

  1. It helps to look the part! My friend Jana over at Modern Rascals has an amazing selection of kids clothes that are ethically made and will delight your tiny human. She’s so rad she even has a curated collection of kids clothes featuring plants! Check out her selection here.

  2. Help encourage even the smallest seed savers! Cottage Botanicals sells these incredible seed envelopes that are made from 100% post consumer recycled material and printed with soy ink. Kids can create their own seed collections and decorate these lovely envelopes.

  3. Looking for a fun way to teach your kids and older children about edible plants and herbs? Wildcraft is the game for you! It is a “beautifully illustrated, nature-based, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games”. There are also bonus digital downloads!

  4. Encourage observation and learning by purchasing a bee nesting house like this affordable one from Breck’s - add an activity book for some indoor fun over the winter.

  5. Terra cotta clay pots and saucers make an excellent gift. Little artist can paint them (this is a popular activity in our home) and start them indoors with easy to germinate seeds like microgreens, beans, sunflowers, etc. Wintry windowsills can hold growing wonders!

Little gardeners grow the future! Give good gifts! ~Melissa

Gifts for the Edible Garden

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It’s no secret at the Good Seed that we are most passionate about urban edible gardens. From condo balconies and indoor sprout growing to front lawn conversions and food forests, organic edible gardens are transformative. Here are some of our top picks for the urban farmer:

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  1. One of the best things that an edible gardener can do is track the progress of their growing season. From when and which seeds are sown to pest issues and harvest dates, a garden journal is an excellent garden companion. This functional and aesthetically designed planner is the best! The Green Conspiracy will have it available for the 2019 growing season so do get your hands on one via their soon-to-begin Kickstarter campaign.

  2. No in ground garden? No problem! Consider growing in one of these incredible planters. The Vegepod is an award-winning design that comes in several sizes and with quality accessories to make urban vegetable gardening a pleasure. Here in Canada, they are available through Lee Valley. Looking for something smaller and more compact? The Patch Planter is a sub-irrigated planter that is perfect for growing herbs, greens and other delicious favourites.

  3. Looking to give of your time or money? Search your community for edible gardens that are in need of volunteers and funds. Here in Toronto The Bowery Project creates opportunities for urban agriculture in vacant lots. Similarly impressive is the Black Creek Community Farm which is an urban agricultural centre that engages, educates, and empowers diverse communities, through sustainable food.

  4. Got worms? Vermicompost is a great way to add biodiversity to your edible garden. For those who are excellently adventurous and want to introduce composting to their garden regime, an indoor vermicompost is just the ticket. Check out this sweet design from Cathy’s Composters. The Living Composter is made in Canada and comes with all of the instructions (video too) you need as well as the red wiggler worms; all can be purchased online for delivery. If you’re looking for the finished product to add to your home garden, Wastenot Farms is a food scrap collection program that fuels the excellent garden probiotic that is Jocelyn’s Soil Booster.

  5. Books, books and more books! A quick run down of some new favourites: Slow Down and Grow Something by Byron Smith, Herbarium: One Hundred Herbs to Grow, Cook & Heal by Caz Hildebrand, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix is excellent, and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables is good for those looking to improve their garden’s efficiency.

Organically yours, ~ Melissa

Garden Books for Littles that Inspire!

One of the greatest joys of Spring for our family is planning our vegetable garden. Everyone gets to have input and dreaming of the harvest to come helps our children to be invested in the garden work that is ahead. 

Children are wonderfully creative and have bright, vibrant imaginations. They are often fearless when choosing plants and eager to express themselves in the garden. Because we adore books almost as much as we love seeds and plants, we've put together a list of essential reads that can help pique a little one's interest in growing food and flora. Some of these are well loved classics, while others are newer finds to be cherished for years to come. The stories and illustrations are captivating, lush and inspiring - they're also lots fun and a bit silly (and who doesn't love that once in a while!)..

In no particular order of preference, here are our top picks for garden books that littles and grown-ups alike can enjoy! We've linked these books to a stockist but they're also available at most libraries.

-The Carrot Seed; story by Ruth Krauss, illustrations by Crockett Johnson

-The Giving Tree; Shel Silverstein

-Plant the Tiny Seed; Christine Matheson

-Tokyo Digs a Garden; story by Jon-Erik Lappano, illustrations by Kellen Hatanaka

-Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book; Britta Teckentrup

-The Night Gardener; The Fan Brothers

-A Seed Is Sleepy; story by Dianna Huts Aston, illustrations by Sylvia Long

-Looking for Ladybug in Plant City; Katherina Manolessou

If you have any favourites we've left out on this list, be sure to let us know so we can share in the joys of books and gardening!

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