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Plant a Rainbow! Get Your Kids Excited About Gardening

April 6, 2020
Written by Aaron

It's never too early to get your kids interested in gardening, so if you have some budding botanists at home who are curious to get involved in your hobbies, why not help them create a kid-friendly garden? Gardening is a fantastic learning experience, and you can ease them into it by building from their existing knowledge. 

Families are spending a lot more time together at home lately, and we've been hearing lots of buzz about kicking off family gardening projects. However, not everyone is sure how to get their kids involved despite their interest. Our solution? Organizing your plants into rainbow colours! It not only creates a beautiful garden landscape, but it will also create some familiarity for your kids, so they aren't overloaded by all this new information. Plus, everything is more fun when it's loaded with colour!

On top of its visual beauty, a rainbow garden has some real benefits, especially if you're growing edible plants. Different coloured fruits and vegetables tend to have different levels of vitamins, so by having a diet that's full of colour, you can be sure that you're getting a broad variety of vital nutrients. 

Preparing Your Kid-Friendly Rainbow Garden

You'll want to have a large garden bed with room for six sections of plants all in a row, which you'll organize by colour, starting with red and ending with purple. Make sure there's ample room to access each plant — kids can be a bit clumsy, so you want to make sure they can tend to their plants without totally trampling them.

It also helps to pick up some kid-friendly gardening tools, so your little ones can contribute. Kids love having a sense of ownership over things, so by having their own special tools and personal garden, they'll be beaming with pride over their efforts. Plus, a lot of standard garden tools are heavy and pointy, so you want to make sure they're safe from injuring themselves. 

Don't forget, Eising is open for curbside pickup, so you can feel free to call us during our store hours to place an order, or you can order online on our newly launched web store! We'll be happy to assemble your order and have it ready for you to pick up and take home.  

Designing Your Rainbow Garden

Once you've got the sections of your garden all planned out, you can start planning which plants you'd like to include. Do you want a strictly decorative garden, or would you like to plant some fruits and veggies in there, too? If you're leaning more toward edible gardening, we still definitely recommend planting some flowers in the mix to help attract pollinators, which will promote better harvests. 

Here are some suggestions for easy flowers that kids can grow, organized by colour:

Red Flowers: Cardinal flower, Petunias, Geraniums, Anthuriums.

Orange Flowers: Marigolds, Chrysanthemums, Nasturtiums, Gerbera daisies.

Yellow Flowers: Sunflowers, Yarrow, Black-eyed Susans, Tickseed.

Green Flowers: Daylilies, Sedum, Spider mums, Hydrangeas.

Blue Flowers: Phlox, Morning glories, Delphiniums, Irises.

Purple Flowers: Allium, Cape daisies, Pansies, Coneflowers, Hyacinths.

 

For some colourful fruits and vegetables for you and your kids to enjoy, try out some of these easy beginner veggies: 

Red Edibles: Tomatoes, Strawberries, Bell peppers, Chili peppers.

Orange Edibles: Bell peppers, Pumpkins, Sweet potatoes, Carrots.

Yellow Edibles: Yellow zucchinis, Summer squash, Bell peppers, Yellow tomatoes.

Green Edibles: Lettuce greens, Spinach, Bush beans, Cucumbers.

Blue Edibles: Blueberries, Borage, Currants.

Purple Edibles: Cabbage, Eggplant, Purple carrots.

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