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DuneCrafts: Gardening Fun for Kids

We started planting a few things in our backyard garden. So far it’s only green beans and peas. Whenever Mr. Weatherman guarantees me no more frost, I’??ll continue with squash, lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, strawberries and snowpeas. Apparently we aren’??t the only ones sticking out our green thumbs. According to an Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report, over 41 million U.S. households planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And that number is climbing. Kind of like a grape vine, eh?

Ever since we put in the first pellet of Miracle Grow, our daughter has been chomping at the bit to continue the gardening. But because a a next-day deluge washed away last year’??s seeds (I found a squash 10 feet away from where I planted it), I’??m waiting until better weather.

To keep her happy until the temps make me happy, I’??ve enlisted the help of DuneCraft. This amazing ecofriendly, sustainable line of terrariums and organic seeds helps my little green thumb start a small greenhouse inside while we wait for the outside to catch up to our enthusiasm. Once they sprout and we wait for nicer weather, then she can transplant them to the bigger garden.

Their Sprout n’?? Grow Greenhouses are fun, educational, and promote healthy eating. Each kit has everything you need’??a windowsill greenhouse, seeds, planting mixture and instructions. They have the basics (cucumbers, strawberries and tomatoes) as well as a few surprises (bananas and peanuts). We’re still waiting for their newest coffee bean plant to show some sign of life, but their addition of mini-cantaloupes are well on their way. Once they get planted into our outdoor garden, they’ll produce four-inch fruits that are perfect one-person snacks.

DuneCraft has also doubled its popular Organic Veggies line with the additions of finger eggplant (we’??re excitedly awaiting ours…the sprouts are already five inches tall), sweet peppers, sunflowers and watermelon. Just plant these organic seeds in the container, then once they sprout put the entire thing into the ground.

Half the fun of gardening is the process. Since these kits come with everything, they’re easy to put together with your kids 4 and up, making the process enjoyable for you and them. The other half of the fun is waiting to see what comes up…and here’s where DuneCraft makes it interesting. What if what you planted didn’t give you fruit? Instead it gave you fairies.

The Fairy Triad (seen above) comes with everything to get your indoor fairy garden growing and attracting fairies to your home–seeds for Lobelia to attract them, Thyme to see them, Evening Star to make fairy brews, and more. It comes with a tiny fairy, a pinwheel, colorful gravel, stickers, and even a story to read about the history of fairies. OK, so you have a better chance of getting mini-melons, but this is still an adorable idea. Our daughter loves the idea that one day the bells on the dome might ring, alerting her to the visiting fairies. Another fun kit is the Dinosaur Dome, where you can grow some of the most infamous plants that date back to prehistoric times, when Dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Mr. Weatherman, although I wish for sun, you can take your time with the updates. We’re keeping busy.

DuneCraft’??s Edible Lines can be found at Wegman’s, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby and at dunecraft.com for  $4.99-$9.99. The kid’s kits are available at dunecraft.com for $24.99.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.’?¨

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