The Q&A Archives: Planning A Garden With Children

Question: Each of our kids has a different idea of what our garden should be. Our yard is only 50 by 50 feet. How can we accommodate their wishes in this space?

Answer: It's great that your children care enough about gardening to want to have a say in the process. If you ask more questions, you may well find that kids are quite happy with a scaled-down version. Most children want hideaways, lookouts, mountains, and water. They may be satisfied with something as simple as a bean teepee, a ladder up the yard's best climbing tree, a mound of grass, and a tabletop water garden that doubles as a birdbath. Also, let each child have a place of his or her own. Creating several 1-foot squares of garden in which each child can plant whatever he or she wants most to grow is a fun way to mark the territory.

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