Container Gardening, Raised-Bed Gardening, or Traditional?
What type of garden should you have? Well, that depends on you!
- Container Gardening: This is a great way to grow plants with your toddler even if you have little to no yard. A container garden can be made on your patio simply by filling pots with great soil and planting right there on your patio. Plants will still need a spot with adequate sun, and it’s important to remember to water regularly because containers can dry out quickly.
- Raised-Bed Gardening: You can plant more things in a smaller space with a raised-bed garden than a traditional garden because you don’t have to leave rows to walk up and down. Raised-bed gardens also drain well. It can be some work, building a raised-bed garden and filling it with good soil though, but then you can use it year after year.
- Traditional Gardening: Some people prefer tilling up their own dirt and planting right there. It’s simple, and you can do it for very little money, although you may need to amend your soil.
What Size Should a Toddler Garden Be?
The size of a toddler garden really depends on how much time you want to spend caring for plants. Many toddlers would be happy with something very small. You will probably want to have 2 or more plants because when you are gardening with a toddler the chances the plant may die increases! If you are container gardening, a few gallon-sized containers should work. If you are doing raised-bed gardening or traditional gardening, a garden a few feet long should be plenty.
What Should You Plant in a Toddler Garden?
The point of gardening with your toddler is letting them be a part of the process. When choosing what to plant, keep your toddler in mind.
- Plants with large seeds are great because it’s easier for toddler fingers to handle a large seed.
- Plants that sprout quickly are great because you want the memory of planting the seed fresh in your toddler’s mind when the seed begins to grow.
- Choose a hardy plant
- Toddlers love flowering plants or plants that grow vegetables or fruits.
You may want to ask what plants grow well in your area at a local garden shop. Here are some ideas of good plants to start from seed for a toddler garden:
Pumpkin, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumbers, Squash, Sunflowers, Zinnias, Marigolds, Green Beans, Corn
If you prefer buying starter plants from a local nursery you may want to try:
Tomatoes, Peppers, Strawberries, Petunias, Pansies, Herbs, Blueberry Bush, Thornless Blackberry Bush
Gardening With Your Toddler Summary:
Gardening with a toddler is all about having fun and giving your toddler the chance to learn about plants and how they grow. Let your child dig in the dirt, give him a chance to plant a few seeds, help her water the growing plants. Not every plant will make it to maturity, but when some do, let your toddler help pick vegetables, fruit, or flowers off of them. This will be an activity you and your toddler will come to cherish!