25 Children's Edible Garden Ideas
Need ideas on creating an edible garden for your children? Here are 25 ideas for you.
1. Big flower garden: for example, sunflowers, nasturtiums, zinnias, poppies, marigolds, pansies, ornamental allium
2. Salad garden: snow peas, cherry tomatoes, lettuce mixes, radishes, carrots. Make it in the shape of a bowl!
3. Pizza garden: tomatoes, herbs, peppers, wheat -- make a circle and divide it into 'slices', then plant each section how you like it. In the summer, make pizza!
4. Three sisters garden: this is a Native American theme using corn, squash, and beans together. Create bean or squash tepees for your kids to hide in.
5. Fragrance garden: lavender, rosemary, rosa rugosa, lemon thyme, chocolate mint
6. Upcycle an old sandbox or plastic kids' pool as a raised bed garden
7. Butterfly garden using edibles like bee balm as well as non-edibles such as butterfly bush. If you use non-edibles, teach your children which can be eaten and which can't. This is a good idea in any case, as they may come to believe any plant is edible if you don't tell them otherwise.
8. Fairy or tiny garden: dwarf bushes, small edible plants, add in an old doll house or outdoor play house. This could be done in many ways: medieval, Disney, using tiny bird houses, hobbit holes, whatever.
9. Create a playground with small raised bed gardens in the design.
10. Make a small water garden, using a large pot or old kiddie pool. This could hold edible water plants and fish. Add a solar fountain for even more fun.
11. Sunflower circle or maze -- nice place for kids to play or hide in. you could also use this with the three sisters garden.
12. A tunnel of arbors draped with grapes, beans, snow peas, squash, tomatoes ... whatever you like. The tunnels could be short ones, or go all over your yard!
13. Their garden: take a small area (ten by ten perhaps) and let them draw the walkways, decide the plants and pick out the materials.
14. Rainbow garden: pick out edible plants or flowers in each color, then plant in rows!
15. Treehouse in a fruit tree, with a vine-covered area below it using wires or twine from the platform to the ground.
16. Story garden: grow plants from their favorite story. Add in decorations from the story, or make wooden cut outs of the characters and set them up around the garden.
17. Pumpkin patch: you could also have corn, sunflowers, and decorations such as scarecrows.
18. Alphabet garden: a plant for each letter of the alphabet! Or you can just do an ABC garden.
19. Name garden: plants that begin with letters that spell out the child's name, or just the first letter of their name. You can also have a garden in the shape of the letter or letters.
20. A sunburst, fireball or daisy garden: create a round or half-circle with oval or arched raised bed 'petals' going out from a central area. Plant yellow, red, orange, or white plants/flowers in each.
21. Salsa garden: cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, onions. You can make the bed in the shape of a pepper if you like!
22. Fruit salad garden: strawberries, blueberries, melons, dwarf fruit trees
23. sundial garden: use plants which bloom at various times of day (morning glory, daylily, sunflower, moonflower) and put numbered stepping stones around the garden. Provide a raised area in the center for the child to stand on so his/her shadow falls on the number at the correct time.
24. Weird garden: White carrots, blue potatoes, purple beans! You can also grow mini corn or giant sunflowers, or pick unusually shaped varieties, grow square watermelons, or plant in old shoes. Get your kids' ideas!
25. Craft garden: gourds for birdhouses or musical instruments, flowers and berries used for natural dyes (many you can also eat, such as pomegranates), or ones with seeds that you can dry for jewelry.
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