Whether your garden is a small area in the backyard, a container on your patio or deck, even if it’s just a couple of flower pots in your window, the experience of gardening is enriched when shared.
We have flower gardens all around our yard, with many different themes; butterfly garden, water/pond garden, herb garden, vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch, and container gardens. Coming soon, The Fairy Garden! (my daughters have it all planned out).
Each year, we grow a vegetable garden and preserve much of our harvest to enjoy throughout the year. We dehydrate, ferment, can, pickle, freeze, and more to keep much of our bounty to enjoy throughout the year. In the herb garden, we grow most of the herbs we use fresh and dry for use throughout the year. Our kids help with all of these processes. We love seeing the ‘fruits of our labor.’
Most years we try to add a new garden or expand or change an existing garden. Last year, we added a bridge to our water/pond garden and added more to the vegetable and herb gardens.
This year, we plan to start the Fairy Garden, add more plants to our pond garden, add more plants to our hummingbird/butterfly garden, and build more bird feeders and bird houses to put in all the gardens. We love watching wildlife too!
Next year, we plan to add more perennial vegetables to our gardens. All of these will be fun for the kids to help with.
My kids help in all of the gardens. They help plan, plant, water, weed, and enjoy the benefits of each and every one of them. Even our littlest guy plays in the garden while we are working. He imitates us as he uses his own garden tools. He digs, hoes, waters, and even helps plant.
Show your kids how much you love gardening, by enjoying it yourself!