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Dig in!

We'll let you in on a dirty little secret: Kids and gardening go hand-in-hand.

From pint-sized gear to cool kits, it's never too early to get children hooked on horticulture.

Grow, baby, grow.

Bright days ahead: A colorful Melissa & Doug tote set, with trowel, cultivator and spray bottle, won't get lost in the vegetable patch. At Toys R Us (toysrus.com), $14.99, and other retailers (see melissaanddoug.com).

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Let it roll: No driver's license required for this Classic Flyer child-size wheelbarrow from Kettler. About $50 at Brookstone.com, kettlerusa.com

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The ripe stuff: The Gravity Gro Station from Miracle-Gro Kids enables young gardeners to grow tomatoes upside down. About $12.99 at Toy R Us, toysrus.com

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Character building: Let kids monkey around in the garden with their own gear. Knit gloves, $3.99, and metal watering can, $5.99, are from the Paul Frank for Target collection.