Monday, April 26, 2010

Planting a kid's garden

I'm always looking for ways to develop my son's appreciation of the outdoors and nature. His backyard playhouse has given me a unique opportunity to encourage and foster his development in so many ways - with imaginative play, and by using the space surrounding it for garden beds that attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and other wildlife.  

We hung a birdhouse that my son made at a Home Depot kid's workshop in one of the trees and hung a window birdfeeder so he could watch the birds.  

We included a porch and patio with the house with chairs and benches so he'd have a place to sit outdoors and take it all in. And we created a new little garden bed this spring on the garage side for him to dig in and experiment.  He's already asked for a strawberry pot and a little cherry tomato plant of his very own :)

There isn't much in his new garden yet (it is only April, after all), just some salvia, pansies and rose plants along with some garden sculptures (I have a love of mushrooms lately)...but he's so excited about planting annuals in it soon! (and YES, we let him do the planting - and the watering, too!)  It's a awesome way to teach him about responsibility and to encourage his love of gardening.


  1. Judy, what a blessed little boy your Andrew is! What lovely parents....I am so impressed.

    Gal, you sure are on top of things. Yes, I am loving pale pink and white....we have so much going on in our lives at present....I need to surround myself with calmness. Essential! Getting ready to paint....decorative, that is. Ahhhhhhhhhhh..............

    Love this playhouse!!!!!!!!!

  2. so precious Judy... I love that he did the planting. One adorable playhouse, a lucky little boy!

  3. I can never get enough of his little playhouse.....I always wanted to build one for our kiddos, and it just never happened.....can't wait to see his garden when it's blooming!!

  4. I can't wait to plant a wee garden at our new house. We're not planting anything this year at our rental home due to the move in June. We just have a townhouse, so not a lot of room to plant, but it's going to be great to have the kids helping and doing a lot of the gardening.

    A's garden looks wonderful!

  5. this is the most amazing play house! the garden makes me want to plant a grown-up garden :) thanks for sharing your creativity!

  6. That's a great way to teach him lots of things!
    I think that is awesome Judy!

  7. We first saw your playhouse a few months ago on Ohdeedoh. I love checking in once in a while to see what seasonal touches you've added. So sweet!

  8. What a cute garden and playhouse!


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