Plant a Kid’s Garden for Earth Day!

Kids love gardening. What’s not to love? Digging in the dirt, good stuff to eat. Worms. Rocks. Fun stuff.
But it’s not just about vegetables. In fact, vegetables are rather ephemeral. Here this year, gone next. Then you have to start all over again.

This year, Lucia (age 3 ½) and I planted a magic fairytale garden in her play area. Last year for her birthday, we put in a swing set and a fort. There is a small magnolia tree that one day should get nice and shady and climbable right near the fort. At the base of the tree, I decided to plant some special things just for her.

It started with a frog prince garden sculpture I found in the Gump’s catalog. That gave me the idea to plant a little magical grotto around it (rather than just have the space filled with mulch that needs to be constantly weeded). So at the nursery last week I bought a few things…some monkey grass (Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’), ostrich fern, hens and chicks, and oh, what the heck, a few hostas (even though the name is boring). She thought all the names were funny, and will definitely remember them. I mean, how can you forget monkey grass? And hens and chicks are always so adorable.

After a few minutes of planting (she spent most of the time collecting the plastic tags) the garden was done, filled with perennials that will come back again and again—even after she is all grown up.

While the plants I planted weren’t organic when I bought them, from now on they will be. Most important, Lucia and I shared a small joyful task that will reappear year after year to remind us of these happy days. And one day, hopefully, my little princess will find her prince, and they will have children of their own and share their love of gardening with them, too.

That’s my simple Earth Day wish.


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7 Responses to Plant a Kid’s Garden for Earth Day!

  1. Patty April 19, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    When my youngest daughter was in grade school I planted a sunflower house for her. She loved it and took her dolls and stuffed animals in to play in the shade inside of the house.
    Another year I planted a “picking garden” just for her, to pick flowers whenever she wanted. There were cosmos, zinnias, and marigolds. She loved it!
    These were gardens we shared together that gave us some wonderful lasting memories
    You’ll always be glad you and Lucia had a planting day together.

  2. Linda April 19, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    This year I plan to plant a pumpkin patch with my grandson who is also 3-1/2. He doesn’t care much for bugs and worms, but he likes pumpkins and loves to wear his garden gloves and dig in the dirt with his little spade. My granddaughter is only 16 months old so probably too young to participate, but she loves picking flowers so we’ll plant some cosmos and zinnias for her.

  3. Amanda April 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I’d love to see pictures when Lucia’s fairy tale garden matures a little into the season 🙂

  4. maria (farm country kitchen) April 20, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    I was going to take a picture but was too busy (and lazy) to mulch! As soon as I get mulch on it I’ll take a picture and post it.

  5. Stacy Grega-Enslin April 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Mom and I plant flowers around her house every Mother’s Day weekend.

  6. Summer June 22, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Wow, this is in every rsepect what I needed to know.

  7. Jan March 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    I love how the pet TickleMe Plant we grow closes its leaves and lowers its branches when you Tickle It!
    This is a hit with the kids.

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