Creating a Magical Children’s Garden

creating a magical childrens garden

There is something so magical about gardens to a child’s eye. Like a mini jungle, little footsteps seek out the adventure and wonder amidst the towering plants. There are so many things to discover, dirt is ever so compelling and the touch and feel of different leaves amuse little hands. With a little extra enthusiasm, you can add some elements to your garden to make it even more magical for a child to play in.

~Magical Vegetables~

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There are some vegetables that are a little more magical  for children to grow as they’re related to some of the childhood classics. Pumpkins will easily remind children of Cinderella. The large vining plants spread far and wide in all sorts of directions and children can carve the pumpkins for Halloween. Jack and the bean stalk will have a whole new meaning when kids can plant the large seeds themselves and watch them climb upwards, open pretty flowers and pop out beans. Vegetables that little hands can help open are fun like peas, shell beans and edamame. Different colours add another dynamic, there’s purple, speckled or yellow snap beans, rainbow carrots or even purple cauliflower. You’ll be surprised at the variety of  colours many vegetables come in.

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~TeePee~

Is there anything more fun for kids to sit under than a teepee? Using large bamboo poles you can make a teepee and tie string across each pole and grow peas, beans or malabar spinach (a vining heat loving leafy green) up them. Teepee’s will be easier for little children to sit under than for older kids. Check out Pinterest for many pictures.

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~Sunflower Fort~

Sunflowers are beautiful to children and the height is amazing even to adults. By growing them in a circle or rectangle with an opening you can create a fort for them to play in. A nice bonus is that the inside will offer some shade from the hot summer sun, and kids can grow beans or peas up the sunflowers for an extra crop. The sunflower fort is good for kids that are too big to fit under a teepee (even grown ups can enjoy them!).

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~Tunnels~

Using large sticks or store-bought bamboo, you can build tunnels in your garden to allow beans, peas or even little pumpkins or squash to grow overhead. Tunnels are enjoyable for little ones to walk through and it’s a fun layout for them to harvest.

~A Vegetable Patch of Their Own~

By creating a small space for your kids to grow their favourite vegetables you’ll be enticing them to eat more vegetables. By allowing them to choose what they grow, you’re giving them the opportunity to be closer to their food and appreciate the work that goes from seed to harvest.

~Flower Garden~

Flowers have an amazing effect on children. There is something fun and engaging about hand picking flowers of all sort of shapes, sizes and colours. By growing flowers for your children’s garden you’re also helping out the bees by giving them pollen and nectar which they in turn help to pollinate your food.

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~Magic for the Grown up World~

Perhaps the most magical thing about a children’s garden is for the adults to see their children actually want to eat  vegetables. In our modern day world the convenience of grocery stores has greatly disconnected children from their food sources. In the garden they can observe a seed sprout or a little bee pollinate a flower and then a vegetable grow from that seed or flower. It will draw in new feelings towards these mystery vegetables and create a sense of curiosity and new appreciation.

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Have you grown food with your children or created a space for your kids in the garden? What is the most magical experience you remember as a child ?

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Comments

  1. robinakagoatmom says:

    I’ve grown a large patch of sunflowers and share them in the Nursing home I work in for the many weeks they bloom. The residents smile like little kids and share stories of growing up on farms, I’m in a rural area. We have several adapted gardening area on our grounds and a butterfly garden. Gardens are magical and needed by every age!

  2. So true about the vegs! My picky son would not touch them
    on his plate, but in the growing season he would eat wild greens and graze raw from the garden.

  3. Lovely post packed with great ideas. I host an #outdoorplayparty on my blog with 3 others every second Friday, a new one opens this week. Would love you to add this great post if possible.

  4. Thanks a million for linking up, your post is perfect & has me longing for warmer days.

  5. Great ideas – will be sharing on FB tomorrow! Can’t wait to start our own garden this year, and I’ve been thinking about a sunflower fort already. I think that one will be a blast for the kids! Found you through #outdoorplayparty

  6. Jessica Lewis - Growing Inch By Inch says:

    This post certainly has me looking forward to the summer. My preschool doesn’t have the ground needed for these beautiful gardens, but we are planning on adding some raised beds this year. Beautiful post!

  7. Your garden does look magical.

  8. So many great ideas! I have a tiny backyard but that sunflower/peas fort sounds something we could do and an I sure my 2 year old would love it! So, do you plant the peas once the sunflowers are established?

    • Yes you would plant them when the sunflowers are a few inches tall. I will make mention that peas are more of a spring crop and can bolt in the summer heat (depending on your climate), beans might be a better choice for sunflowers as they are a summer crop and love the heat :)
      Best of luck creating a fun garden for your 2 year old!

  9. I love growing veggies and I would love the time for a proper veg garden. We did grow sunflowers last year though. I love the idea of creating a magical garden that children can hide in. Thanks so much for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party. Your blog is lovely x

  10. Love the Jack and the bean stalk – especially planting message beans. I recently bought some from a site called Live Love Bean http://livelovebean.com and I cannot wait to see them grow.

  11. What a great post! We’re growing lots of Sunflowers this year for their magical qualities and are working on a fairy garden tucked between two vegetable beds.

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