Friday, February 15, 2008

Children in the garden

After receiving a great new book called 'A Child's Garden' by Molly Dannenmaier my husband and I have now become obsessed with the idea of installing a few special kid-friendly features into the garden this year. We have had many discussions this winter about what we think our son will like and what, physically and financially, we'll be able to do.

Some of our ideas include the extension of one of the beds around the veggie garden fence to include a pole bean tee pee and/or a sand pit; a twig and grapevine tunnel that goes between the back of the waterfall and the stockade fence; a planting of tall ornamental grasses to enclose the area beneath the tree house (we'll then put a tree stump table and chairs under there); a tent of branches tucked into the corner of the fence to make a little 'nest' for him and a buddy; a fallen log to serve as a balance beam; and a sunflower circle (an idea provided by Nancy Gift of Chatham College - her wonderful blog is found at And we're planning on clearing a path through our woods to easily access the miles of horse trails back there for family hikes and tent camping.

Basically, I want to have the yard that all the kids want to play in. I want families that don't have a garden to bring their little ones to my place to explore and get in touch with nature. I want my son to have the opportunity to just be outside in a welcoming place and never get scolded for being dirty.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for all of your inspiring ideas, Jessica.

I too strive for a kid friendly garden, and one thing I focused on last year was having lots of eye catching vegetables and herbs for the kids to snack on through out the summer. I like to use ornamental vegetables to tempt kids who don't like the traditional varieties, such as purple cauliflower, yellow cucumbers, red basil, and dragon langerie (sp?) bush beans (yellow with burgundy swirls).