Your Starter-Garden Basics
Here’s Kim’s best – and kid– tested – advice for your first family garden.
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.”
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.