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    Secrets to Creating a Child-Friendly Garden

    By By Gardenista
    July 15, 2013, 5:31:47 AM EDT

    Some people make it look so easy. On late summer afternoons, blogger Christine Chitnis heads to her community garden plot to tend her vegetables—toddler in tow. “This part of my day is so idyllic,” she says. “Vik is such an easygoing soul, he is happy to eat some dirt and hang out while I fuss with my plot.” Here are five of her secrets to creating a kid-friendly garden:


    Tip No. 1: Let go of your expectations. Kids want to “help,” and that means there will be plants that get uprooted, herbs that get over-watered, produce that is picked before its time, and pots that get knocked over, says Chitnis. All of which is a good thing.

    “By letting kids help, and giving them the space to get messy and make mistakes, you will nurture their love of gardening,” she says.

    Tip No. 2: Plant vegetables and fruit that your kids like—and some they don’t.

    “Planting produce that your kids love is a no-brainer, but try planting a few things they claimed not to like,” Chitnis says. “Once they help it grow, and pick it straight from the vine, they may change their minds.”

    Tip No: 3: Set yourself up for success by laying the groundwork, so to speak, for success. Growing vegetables in raised beds “is the best idea, in my humble opinion—the soil is so rich and the weeds so few,” she says.

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