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KinderGARDENS May 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — motherofpearls @ 2:19 pm

It’s a fact, gardening is in their genes. So it’s no surprise just how much our kids love to be in the garden-exploring, collecting, helping, watering, planting, nibbling, and sometimes trampling things in the garden!
From our first Sweet 100 tomato plant in a container to our much larger garden today, we have truly been on a “KinderGARDEN” adventure with our own garden. This year, we have had big plans to expand and create a truly kid-friendly garden. In searching for ideas like sunflower houses, I came across Kim’s blog at The Inadvertent Farmer. She is again running her fabulous KinderGARDEN blog series to celebrate and encourage kids in the garden and we are joining up!

In her first week, Kim asked that we give a little intro into our family, garden and plans, so here it is in mostly pictures:

The Kinder in KinderGARDEN

Miss Pearl (almost 7), Mister Pearl (almost 5), Mister Emerald (just turned 2!)


Jasper, the only one of our cats that goes outdoors-resident bunny patrolcat
Next up is a before and after of the area we were determined to utilize this year for a true KinderGARDEN for the kids to really enjoy. We spend a ton of time in our backyard (staycation, anyone?) so we really wanted to make it fun.




Father of Pearls really worked his tail off all day Sunday hauling these extra pavers, building the wall, and tilling this all in. The past few years we’ve just been adding excess sod, leaves, grass clippings to build this area up and so it has cooked down very nicely into some very rich soil.
The plan for this area from left to right is to have a Cutting Garden for Miss Pearl, a cattle panel arch upon which we’ll grow two unusual types of beans-Chinese Noodle Beans and Violetto Beans as well as some Jack Be Little Pumpkins. The corner spot is where we will plant our Sunflower Garden House. We’ll use one of the kids’ cube shaped plastic climbing structures as the support for it.

To be Surrounded with Sunflowers

We also just saw an idea in a hardscapes catalog to use square cement pavers to create a Hopscotch court. I just love that idea, so hopefully we can put that under the bean trellis!
Lastly, we are trying to establish a Fairy Garden under the lone enormous tree in our yard. It’ll take awhile to get the ground covers established, but I think Miss Pearl will really enjoy it.

Linking to KinderGARDENS week 4


15 Responses to “KinderGARDENS”

  1. OK…my I just say that your idea about planting sunflowers around your play structure is pure brilliance! I have one of those and aside from letting the goats climb on it, it has been abandoned…I am going to give your idea a try (giving full credit of course!)

    Pleased to ‘meet’ you! I am so very glad that you’ve joined our little adventure. I’m working on this years blogroll and will add you asap.

    Your before and after pics of your garden area are wonderful…can’t wait to see how it grows up over the season! Kim

    • Thanks for the kind words, Kim! I’ve enjoyed your blog archives so much and was so deeply touched to read about Gizmo. And I think it was your sunflower maze that made me think I need some sort of structure to mine and I didn’t want to purchase any other supplies this year. I’m laughing thinking about your goats on it. We’ve got a tiny children’s zoo nearby and they built a tiered structure just for the goats to stand on top of-my kiddos think it’s hysterical.

  2. Cathryn Says:

    I love seeing before and after pics! So much progress already!

  3. Kirsten Says:

    wow, you have some fabulous ideas! i agree with kim – the sunflowers around the slide/climbing thing is genius! also like the hopscotch/trellis plan. can’t wait to see it all happen!

  4. Kindra Hayes Says:

    Love the before and after…welcome aboard!

  5. Mama Bean Says:

    Your before and after pics are incredible! I am very jealous of your bunny-chasing cat πŸ™‚ If we didn’t have allergies, I’d get me one of those!! πŸ™‚ Glad you’ve joined the kinderGARDEN party

    • Thank you! Don’t be too jealous because sometimes bunny-chasing cats like to bring back “presents” to their owners and leave them on the porch. I have to bury them before the kids see them. Not a happy Momma then.

  6. About a Bug Says:

    What a charming yard! A truly lovely spot you’ve picked for a fairy garden. Can’t wait to see it grow.

    • Thank you! It makes me wish I was a little kid again. Then again, playing in the dirt and calling it gardening seems like just an extension of that, no? πŸ™‚

  7. Shayne Says:

    I love the idea of a fairy garden. Under the tree would be a perfect shady playspace for imaginations to take flight. πŸ™‚

  8. Jess Says:

    Yep, the before & after pics are great. I love that you can see the change even in the trees. We’re constantly outside too… who needs a vacation anyway? πŸ™‚

  9. Kirsten Says:

    re: lambs ears…one of kiddo’s favorites! he loves to rub them on his cheek. hope your kids enjoy them! πŸ™‚

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