Since some of NDiN readers (and fellow writer!) are involved in my Children’s Gardening series I thought I would pop in once in a while to update you on the progress all the kids and grownups are making.
Well I must admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started kinderGARDENS…
But the enthusiasm and creativity that our participants have shown has quite frankly blown me away! There are now 35 families involved, which has far exceeded what I could have hoped for.
I just wanted to share some of the wild and wonderful ideas that have been shared so far…
Just this morning I went and took a peek at a fairy garden that a 10 year old is making…there are tiny little houses and she just got done building a little wooden walkway to connect the houses so the fairies don’t have to get the hems of the little fairy gown dirty!
There is a couple of little boys that instead of replacing the roof of their play structure with another plastic tarp have decided to grow a living green roof made of pumpkins, gourds, and moonflowers…how cool is that?
There has been a lady bug launch and party to rid a garden of aphids!
We’ve got little tiny ones learning to water and who already have tomatoes to check on!
A family that has actually planted a salsa garden…I LOVE salsa…gonna be stealing this idea!
There are rows and rows of berries being planted in what I must admit is a stunning potager!
And finally there are some boys that have made worm boxes and are now working on a tent that is being built out of peas from a recycled play tent!
What has struck me is how enthused the parents say the children are. They talk about their gardens and spend hours and hours out in them. When we involve little ones in the planning of our gardens they seem to take a great personal interest in what is growing there!
Susan Morrison was our guest this week and in her post she sighted this recent study of how Americans are spending less and less time in the outdoors…I’m hoping that kinderGARDENS will in some tiny way will help buck that trend!
And me? How is our edible maze coming along?
Well here is a picture to illustrate our progress…
With all of our rain we may switch from building maze to building an ark…seems more practical!
It is not to late to join kinderGARDENS…we would love to have you join the fun!