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Need ideas for children's vegetable garden

Posted by lavender_lass WA zone 4 (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 1, 10 at 1:04

I wanted to get some input on two areas. One is for children under 10 years old, with a potager style of four slightly raised beds 3'x5' each. There will be 4' grass paths between the beds, in a cross pattern. This is part of a larger garden, but for this area, I want to stay with non-toxic plants that will be easy and fun for the younger children.

The main area is for children 10 and over, with four large beds, about 8'x8' each. I would like to have corn, potatoes, pole bean teepee, some squash, pumpkins, melons and tomatoes, along with some onions, garlic, zucchini and lots of bush beans and peas. It would be nice to have some flowers along the edges of the garden and maybe some fruit...raspberries or grapes.

In the younger children's area, I want to have some hopscotch stones. I'm thinking of a Peter Rabbit theme. For the older kids, I'd like to have the bean teepee, maybe a scarecrow and possibly some kind of arbor with a bench under it...maybe for gourds. Does anyone have any other ideas or even better, maybe some pictures?

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RE: Need ideas for children's vegetable garden

One thing you want to keep in mind is that veggie gardens need rotation schedules. So beans today should be squash tomorrow, and vice versa.

I like hopscotch, chess/checkers, and the like for kids gardens. The ones I'm working on will have a fountain kids can stand under, another for splashing, and a spray hose. Another will have a playhouse and a garden train. Hideyholes, like your arbor, are great fun for kids. I had a playhouse as a child made from the interior of a yaupon holly I cleared of dead branches! If you don't have it elsewhere, a sandbox is a must for littler kids. And small fruits are a MUST in both gardens. You can choose thornless varieties, but honestly, I picked from thorny brambles from about age 5.

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