Gardening with preschoolers is such a fun and rewarding activity. You may be wondering what to grow or how to set up a preschool garden. It’s not as complicated as you think.
All you really need is some dirt and some seeds with a watering source. Click here for 5 steps to an easy garden.
Wanna see what and how we grow our preschool garden? Come on over and take a look!…..
How to Set Up a Preschool Garden
The new garden
The old garden
You don’t have to go all in with so many beds. You can teach kids to grow food in a preschool garden that’s as small as a five-gallon bucket or a few pots. The main thing is to let them have the experience. Click here to see how to garden with very young kids.
Starting in the front yard, this is our strawberry bed. Don’t be alarmed by the massive amount of weeding I still have to catch up on. I already know. 🙂
Our blueberry patch
The front yard orchard including from left to right, the plum tree, two peach trees and a fig, plus in the foreground there are two apple trees and in this lovely flower planter we have 4 rosemary plants and 8 cayenne pepper plants.
Next the tour of the expansion area. This is a small box of wildflowers to attract pollinators and beneficial insects and our pumpkin patch with a row of spinach in the front. The spinach will burn up soon so that will give the pumpkins more room to spread, plus they will go up and over the fence.
This is a row of broccoli sharing a bed with some corn that didn’t germinate very well.
A row of artichokes, a small amaranth, and a row in front of lavender. Lavender repels many pests such as deer, rabbits, mosquitos, and ticks!
The corn patch.
Yellow squash and zucchini.
Brussell sprouts and corn. The brussell sprouts should burn up soon and give the corn more room.
One of four potato bins.
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The watermelon patch with lavender.
The herbs growing in the pergola.
Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Sunflowers and marigolds for attracting birds, beneficial insects, and repelling pests. This is one of several boxes with this.
One of two sweet potato bins.
Swiss chard with drying beans in the back up against the fence. We planted black beans, calypso beans, and pinto beans.
We had never tried swiss chard before but thought it was pretty. WE LOVE IT! Yummy!
Another drying bean bed.
Heirloom tomatoes of different varieties that we grew from seed.
A bed of kale that is taking FOREVER to grow!
More sunflowers with nastursiums. They are beautiful and edible and draw pollinators and beneficials while repelling pests.
Our winter squash bed. We are growing butternuts and acorn squash. There is cilantro planted in here and in our summer squash and pumpkin beds to repel squash bugs.
More tomatoes interplanted with radishes, lettuce, and carrots. We also have basil in each of our tomato beds to see if it makes the tomatoes taste amazing like we read it does.
Kohlrabi and more drying beans. We don’t have a trellis for these beans so we planted them with sunflowers so they can use them for support.
One of five beds that don’t have anything planted yet. We put extra leaves in them to compost them down while we wait. We ran out of time and money this spring.
The okra bed. Good times! The kids are super excited about this one!
The monarch waystation. Planted with seeds from a kit for giving monarchs a place to rest.
Wildflowers to attract butterflies and a broccoli, dill bed for their caterpillars.
Bulb fennel for butterflies to lay eggs on.
Next, onto the older and smaller garden, we have a wagon of sage and our lettuce bed that has peas on the side and bush green beans growing up in it. The lettuce will burn up soon. We have eaten or shared over 25 pounds of lettuce out of this bed. Crazy! But fun!
The garlic bed with peas growing up the side and a small box of spinach that bolted while we were on vacation, so we are letting it seed out.
Our old pear tree, it has fire blight disease and we can’t trim enough of it to save it. 🙁 We have harvested hundreds and hundreds of pounds of super delicious pears off this tree over the last 15 years. So sad.
A barrel of carrots and a barrel of swiss chard with a gerber daisy in the middle. Plus the bed of garlic with peas on the side.
Our first asparagus bed, it’s 2 x 4 feet and there is a barrel of zinnias growing next to it.
A barrel of peppers plus a 3 x 10 bed of supposed to be green beans with peas on the side. But there are some volunteer plants in there. I’m thinking they could be cucumbers or maybe some kind of squash or melon. They are flowering so we will see soon enough.
A bed of tomatoes with basil and a row of peas on the edge. Someone around here REALLY likes peas…it’s me. 🙂
One more green bean and pea combo.
The stock tank is growing arugula, some other lettuces, and a brandywine tomato plant. There is a small 1 x 2 box of lavender and one of spinach in front.
Our chocolate mint.
Two herb towers.
Some miscellaneous wildflowers, lettuce, and lemongrass.
And that’s the grand tour. The largest beds are 3 x 10 feet, narrow so kids can reach the middle. The ones along the fence are 2 feet wide, so they are 2 x 2 or up to 2 x 10. The ones made of salvaged privacy fence are about 6 feet long. If you want to check out how we started the garden, click here.