Coastal and Tropical South
Favorite or New Plant
No plant makes a better choice for gardening with kids than sunflowers. They grow fast in almost any soil, with or without much water and fertilizer. The seeds are large enough for any hand to plant and, if you choose the big old favorite, 'Grey Striped', there's an added benefit. Once the flowers open and start to produce seeds, use a paper bag to catch them. Use a twist tie to secure a small brown or white bag over the entire seed head. They'll pop out and amaze the kids because they look exactly like the ones they planted a few months before. It's the cycle of life right in the backyard.
Southern Fried Organic
Lots of people say the Southeast has too many bugs and other problems to go organic. Gardeners in our region, especially in Texas, can browse through the archives on this Web site for basic info and some good links: Judy Barrett's Home Grown: Good Sense Organic Gardening for Texas.