Spending hours in the garden with the kids can be a treat when the kids have a space that lets them explore. Making gardening fun for the kids helps gardening stay fun for me at the same time! With the addition of a kid friendly space in the garden we created a fantastic teepee for the kids to play in and for some plants to climb on. I in-vision it covered in bean and pea plants and the kids sitting inside snacking on fresh vegetables come the end of summer. Our teepee was constructed with large branches, twine, and string to give the kid’s play area a fort that still looks natural out in the garden. Then the kids decorated around the teepee however they wanted to make their space their own. Now we wait, and see how well our teepee works as an aid for our plants!
Since I have been on the subject of gardening this week I wanted to share a couple more projects with you in case you are out working in the garden over the next few weeks too! My kids are always in the garden with me and keeping them busy is always important. This year I have decided to give them their very own little space in the garden to play throughout the summer! The best part is we made this play area out of nothing but stumps, branches, twine, and some mulch. It didn’t cost us a thing, and the kids are free to run, play, and hangout in their own space without stomping out the things we have planted. We created a very simple tea table from a few stumps that we had laying around, and it has been more fun for them that any toy you can buy!
We have been spending all kinds of time in the garden the last couple of weeks. This will be our 4th growing season, and things are getting serious, so I decided it was time to have a decent place to store our garden tools near the garden. In past years we hauled everything out from the barn each and every time we were going to do some gardening, and things often got left out, or misplaced. After noticing our old non-working grill was hanging out in the barn for two – too many year I decided to make it into a useful way to store, move, and organize our garden tools right out in the garden. It is the perfect moveable potting and planting cart – with lots of great places to hang and store tools. The old grill is now a new garden storage solution that works just right!
I certainly wouldn’t say that I have a green thumb, but over the last few years I have learned a lot about gardening through trial and error. Flowers have always been scary to me, so I like to stick with things that I know I can manage. Good old zinnias and sunflowers, and gladiolas are fool proof and about the only thing I have had success with until… drum roll please… last summer. I was determined to cover my garden fence in climbing flowers, and glory glory…Morning glories were my answer. I was able to grow the most beautiful morning glories, and they cover the entire side of my garden in their simple splendor. Beautiful winding stems, and amazingly vibrant colors all in-twined in my simple garden fence were not so difficult and SO worth the effort!
Our garden is in full swing and of all of the wonderful things that we are harvesting I think the flowers have got to be my favorite. I love having fresh flowers in our home, but buying them is never an option. For the few dollars I spent on seeds and bulbs this spring, I am now able to fill our home with colorful flowers that make our home bright and cheerful.
Mothers day is a great opportunity to have the kids make something extra special for their Grandmothers. Take pet rocks to a whole new level and let your kids create simply adorable garden or flower pot decorations with their beloved Grandmother in mind. This is the perfect gift for Grandma that will remind her how much she is loved each time she sees them.
Growing your own food has not only nutritional benefits for your family, but a pleathera of life lessons, and amazement for young children. Planting our own seeds and growing a garden is a family affair. It provides us with wonderful healthy produce all summer long, as well as enough to can for the winter. The kids benefit in so many ways from being a part of the gardening process from start to finish.