Your Starter-Gar­den Ba­sics

Here’s Kim’s best – and kid– tested – ad­vice for your first fam­ily gar­den.

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Plant in raised beds

They’re smaller and less in­tim­i­dat­ing for kids ( and par­ents!) – sim­pler to ac­cess and to work in. “I got a cir­cu­lar raised bed for Oliver, and he can ac­tu­ally reach ev­ery plant eas­ily,” says Kim. Plant­ing in con­tain­ers is also a great op­tion for gar­den­ers short on space or time, since you just fill them with soil and they’re ready to plant.

Ma e yo r rst gar­den si le

You want to have fun, not feel over­whelmed in your first year. Be­gin with just a few things, then add some­thing new to the gar­den ev­ery year. “It’s nice to start with veg­eta­bles that you can grow both above – and below ground,” says Kim, “roots such as radishes, car­rots, and pota­toes, as well as above­ground peas, greens, toma­toes, and flow­ers.”

Go ver­ti­cal

To save space and to make the gar­den more in­ter­est­ing to kids, choose plants you can train up a trel­lis, such as cu­cum­bers and peas.

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