Child-proof plants for a child's garden

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Child-proof plants for a child's garden

Post by Stephen C Dauk » Fri, 29 Jul 1994 22:17:28



: Help! :)

[...]

: Here are my ideas so far:

: - She could grow sweet peas up a mesh covered wooden fire-escape. In
: my experience sweet peas are practically fool-proof and have the
: appropriate qualities for enthusing children

Just don't let her eat the seeds - they are posionous.

: - Marigolds, companion planted in my vege Garden alongside the path.
: Again practically indestructable, and should give us lots of fun
: choosing varieties for beautiful colours. Also harvesting the seeds
: and replanting the following year should go down well.

These plants are also posionous.  Don't let her put any parts of this
plant in her mouth.

: Any comments on those? I'm also trying to think of some veges she
: could plant, perhaps carrots. Any other things which have been a hit
: with young children? I keep thinking of sunflowers, but I'm not sure,
: comments?

Sun flowers have been a hit with small children in the area I onced lived,
as was pumpkin (the harvesting of the seeds was great fun, and Halloween
has a great use for pumpkins).

Have fun!
Steve

 
 
 

Child-proof plants for a child's garden

Post by A East » Fri, 29 Jul 1994 07:01:28


Help! :)

My 5 year old is very enthused about the idea of gardening (after
watching me dig and dig and dig I'm not sure why :). And I'd like to
help her having her own garden. What plants are sufficiently
indestructible (I'm gonna help her look after the garden, but I really
don't want any disatsers if I can avoid it) and have all the right
qualities to enthuse a 5 year old?

A bit of background, I live in New Zealand, where winter is currently
ending (I hope) so I'm looking forward to spring planting time. I'm
not quite sure how to describe our climate except to say "temperate",
sub-tropicals don't like it, and we rarely get frosts at my place.

I have a herb garden and two vege gardens, and because I've got
limited space I really don't want anything purely ornamental which
will take up lots of room.

Here are my ideas so far:

- She could grow sweet peas up a mesh covered wooden fire-escape. In
my experience sweet peas are practically fool-proof and have the
appropriate qualities for enthusing children

- Marigolds, companion planted in my vege garden alongside the path.
Again practically indestructable, and should give us lots of fun
choosing varieties for beautiful colours. Also harvesting the seeds
and replanting the following year should go down well.

- Watermelon. I've been keeping some space free for growing pumpkins,
melons etc, and I thoguht that watermelon might be fun. Tho i'm not
sure how likely they are to survive, I'vebeen told about one
watermelon disaster.

Any comments on those? I'm also trying to think of some veges she
could plant, perhaps carrots. Any other things which have been a hit
with young children? I keep thinking of sunflowers, but I'm not sure,
comments?

Thanks in anticipation

Nita

 
 
 

Child-proof plants for a child's garden

Post by Cheryl Cro » Fri, 29 Jul 1994 12:14:37



Quote:
Easton) writes:
> Help! :)

 I keep thinking of sunflowers, but I'm not sure,

Quote:
> comments?

> Thanks in anticipation

> Nita

I know of a book that you may like.  I do.  Sunflower Houses -Garden  
Discoveries for Children of all Ages. By Sharon Lovejoy Interweave press  
Inc. 201 E Fourth St; Loveland, Colorado 80537    ISBN 0-934026-70-X  
;$19.95
cc
 
 
 

Child-proof plants for a child's garden

Post by Nona Gam » Sat, 30 Jul 1994 08:40:04


You could try a  bean tepee.  Get bamboo or other
poles and tie at the top to create a tepee shape,
then plant pole beans or peas around the base.  They
grow up to create a little play house.  (There are
variations with morning glories, etc.)  You have
to do the watering and twining around the poles
because it takes a while before it fills in, but
your child might enjoy it once it gets going.  (Don't
forget to leave an open space for the door.)

Nona