Small Gardens That Yield Big Rewards

Three Little Plots for Your Kitchen Counter

plant pals kitchen gardens!

In honor of Earth Day, we present three easy ways to green your kitchen counter while giving your kids the dirt on how plants grow.

Connor’s Kits for Kids Plant Pals
Teenage entrepreneur Connor Bernstein started his science-kit biz back in the fourth grade (we give him an A for ambition). His well-written experiment instructions have us talking about things like germination and gravity with our 3-year-olds. Plus, all of the seeds are edible (wheatgrass, alfalfa, and mung beans), so Little Green Jeans can taste what he grows. $18.

Growums Garden Kits
Themed garden kits (taco, pizza, ratatouille, stir-fry, herb, and salad) are packed with tasty vegetable and herb seeds destined for the dinner table. Just place the pellets into a pie dish (they expand when water is added), tag each plant, and in a few days you’ll have seedlings ready for the garden or outdoor container. $10.

Green Toys Planting Kit
The ecofriendly fun gurus get back to their roots (literally) with a plastic pot (made from recycled milk jugs), organic sunflower seeds, a soil disk, and packaging also concocted from recycled and recyclable materials. $6.

And that’s one, er, three to grow on.

gardening gear!Ready to get dirty? We found gardening gear you’ll really dig.

this week in washington d.c.!
Georgetown Family Fair

What: Ring in the change of seasons (finally!) with a day of games and crafts.
Why: Sweet freaks assemble their own ice cream sundaes and chocolate houses.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW, b/t R & Q Sts. (202-965-0400). Register online (by Thurs.) at springfamilyfair.eventbrite.com. Adults, $5; children, $10.

Easter at Cox Farms

What: Scramble for eggs, meet emus and chicks, and take part in other festivities.
Why: Profits benefit Northern Virginia Family Service.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; hunts, 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon & 12:30 p.m.
Where: Centreville Corner Market, 15621 Braddock Rd., Centreville, Va. (703-830-4121). Farm admission is free. Egg hunt, $4.

Earth Day Every Day

What: Learn about herbs, sample fresh veggies, and watch a ladybug release.
Why: Budding naturalists decorate garden accessories.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Md. (301-686-0225). Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Kits for Kids

Cox Farms
15621 Braddock Rd
Centreville, VA 20120
Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745
1644 31st St NW
bt Q & R Sts
Washington, DC 20007