Step by Step Guides

How to add fun to a children’s garden
Written by This idea was adapted from Sharon Lovejoy’s book, “Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Togethe photographs by In Churl Yo.
Adapted from Native Plants Magazine Summer 2006 VOL. 22, NO. 4.

Step 1

Choose a planting container. Try old colanders, straw hats, rusty wheelbarrows, watering cans, and old rubber boots.


Step 2

Drill drainage holes in the bottom of the container – and anywhere water might gather – if necessary to ensure drainage.


Step 3

Choose soil appropriate for the wildflower you plan on planting. Involve your child when filling your container with soil.


Step 4

Transplant your wildflowers. Let your child do the planting. You and your child may also choose to grow flowers from seed.


Step 5

Find a place with the proper amount of sun or shade for the flowers. Then, your child can water his or her plant into its new home.


Step 6

Adding fun to a garden does not cost much or require a lot of space. Find and reuse old “junk” that captures the imagination.

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