I’m sure most of you know how much fun it can be to garden with your kids. I remember my dad building each of us a raised planter where we could grow vegetables and flowers. Today, my kids and I went to the store to buy flowers for their new garden. You will NEVER guess what they are planting their flowers in 😉
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Our first stop was our local nursery. Each child was allowed to pick out 2 six-packs of flowers. The kids decided to each pick a different type of flower and then share them with each other. My youngest daughter selected geraniums and blue petunias.
My older daughter selected stock, (beautiful and fragrant despite its ordinary name) and white alyssum.
My son decided on dianthus and snapdragons.
We finished making our selections and then got ready to go home and start planting. The only question the kids had was – where were they going to plant their flowers? Well…..
How about their old kiddie pool? You know, the ones that cost less then $10 and your kids have fun playing in during the summer. When summer is over, most people either throw it out or store it somewhere out of the way. Well, you can use it as a planter for either flowers or shallow-rooted vegetables or herbs.
First, move the pool where you want the garden to be as it will be too heavy once you fill it with potting mix. Then make multiple holes on the bottom for drainage. Then fill with a mixture of planting mix and compost. Sprinkle some slow-release fertilizer and now begin planting!
My youngest daughter planted the first plant, a peach-colored geranium.
My teenage daughter is overseeing our planting while texting on her phone.
We finished! The kids are so excited to see their flowers grow. The garden will be a riot of different colors and has no sense of design, which is as it should be for a children’s flower garden.
This will be our “before” picture. We planted geraniums, stock, snapdragons, petunias, dianthus and alyssum.
If you would like to try this at home and you want the garden to become a somewhat more permanent part of the landscape, you can add a brick border or plant shrubs and perennials around the outside of the pool.
**Some of you may have noticed that my three youngest children do not look like me, (my two oldest daughters do). We adopted our youngest children from China. I call them my “Three Chinese Miracles”.
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."