Gardening with children

Get Growing!

Gardening is a great way to get children outdoors and to develop an interest in nature and the environment. Growing and picking their own fruit and veg is a great way to encourage children to eat more of them. If you have the space in your garden, why not give them a small patch of their own to look after?  Even if you only have a windowbox, you can still encourage children to grow and look after some herbs or salad crops.


Caley Activities

The Caley has number of activities focusing on gardening with children.  This is something we hope to develop more of when we move into our base at Saughton Park.

The Caley offers a CD ROM called Plant and GrowThis CD provides a year long programme of gardening activities for children. It can be used both in schools and at home, and has a range of growing and crafting activities.  For further information, contact Administrator.

Junior Groups Bulb Competition

We have a special bulb growing competition that is aimed at schools, community groups and youth groups.  This competition is fun and light-hearted and the children all enjoy taking part.  As well as pots of daffodils, the groups can also enter a competition for their artwork.

From 2021, the Junior Groups competition will be held at the same time as the main show in Saughton Park, Edinburgh.  We also have other fun things to do such as planting, seed sowing and craft activities. If you would like your school or group to enter the 2022 competition, please contact

Young Gardeners at The Caley

Here at The Caley, we are keen to encourage young gardeners to get involved. If you child would prefer to enter a competition working on their own, we have a junior section in our main Spring Bulb Show. The only stipulations are that they should be under that age of 13 on the date of the show and that they should have grown the bulbs on their own.  This is a great way to get your kids (or grandkids) involved in gardening.  For many, it becomes a lifelong interest. For further details, see the ‘Spring Bulb Show’ page of the website or contact

Plant & Grow

Plant and Grow contains a range of gardening activities for young people and beginners of all ages, to promote the practice and enjoyment of gardening. The practical activities are easy to follow, fun to do and give a good introduction to growing plants, gardening, and other garden related skills. It is not necessary to have a large garden as many of the activities can be done in a variety of locations and plants can be grown in containers.

Many older children will be capable of working through the activities by themselves, but in the interests of safety and to achieve the best learning results, gardening as a family or a group is recommended, with direct mentoring and encouragement from a responsible adult.

Projects for you to do


‘Flaming June’ is the right phrase for this time of the year as we are now into summer and the garden is a riot of colour, growth and all manner of activity. Some of the early flowering plants will be past their best while others will go on flowering for weeks to come, and some will not reach their peak until late summer. All this activity ensures a spectacular display. Any vegetables that were planted in the spring will now be established and growing well as will the constant problem for all gardeners – weeds!

Take some time to tidy up the clumps of spring bulb leaves.  If they are turning brown, cut them off as slugs and snails love to get under these leaves and at night, in moist, weedy areas they will pop out and eat any tasty vegetable and flower plants that are growing nearby.

After all the weeding and tidying jobs are finished you can pick some nice, juicy, red strawberries and early raspberries that should be ready before the month is out.

Successive sowings of lettuce and radishes will ensure a continuous supply for summer salads. Runner beans can now be planted or pricked out into open ground if they were sown into pots.

Try planting some herbs. Herbs make good little pot plants and are easy to grow; parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, mint and coriander will make a good display; they are nice to look at, have an attractive smell and can add a wonderful flavour when used for cooking and pickling.

Remember to put tools away and leave the garden tidy. A garden can hide many hazards so always be alert to things that could cause injury, especially when you are using tools and other people may be nearby.


Identify Common Weeds


Grow Funny Plants


Hanging Baskets


Sowing Seeds

Get involved or get further information!