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Bring Out The Kids and You'll Bring Out The Kid In You

July 15, 2013

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Your home landscape presents numerous opportunities to teach kids about nature and gardening in ways that are fun for both them and you. With The 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide, you can make the entire yard a discovery zone, with places to explore and enjoy!



  • Surprising Colors - ‘Golden India’ edible pod peas, ‘Green Zebra’ striped heirloom tomatoes, Purple string beans, ‘Sweet Dumpling’ squash

  • Kid-Size Harvests - ‘Flying Saucer’ summer squashes, ‘Jack-Be-Little’ pumpkins, ‘Thumbelina’ carrots, ‘Tom Thumb’ lettuce

  • Tasty Flowers - Daylilies, Hibiscus, Johnny-jump-ups, Violets, Tulips

  • Funny Looks and Names - ‘Dragon Tongue’ beans, ‘Easter Egg’ radishes, ‘Painted Serpent’ cucumbers

SPARK THE IMAGINATION WITH A ZOO GARDEN: Fun to group together for a playful pot.

  • Annuals & Tender Perennials - Bat-faced cuphea, Elephant ear, Spiny spider flower

  • Perennials - Cat’s whiskers, Hens and Chicks, Turtlehead, Lamb’s ear

WELCOME GIANTS: Grow huge flowers in a sunny corner of your yard and record the size.

  • ‘Casa Blanca’ lilies

  • “Dinner Plate” hibiscus

  • ‘Mammoth’ or 12-foot-tall ‘Kong’ sunflowers

SCENTS TO SNIFF: From stinky plants that boys prefer to sweet smells for the girls.

  • Banana mint, chocolate mint, and peppermint

  • Crown imperial (skunky smell)

  • Katsura Tree (autumn leaves have been described as smelling like baking muffins, bubble gum, burned sugar, or cotton candy)

  • Persian shield (smells like dirty socks)

  • Pineapple sage

Ginger Vaughan has worked for The Old Farmer's Almanac for over a decade and, every spring, thinks about starting a garden. When she isn't enjoying the outdoors (and pondering just where to plant that garden), she can often be found in the kitchen testing out new recipes. She lives in a Pacific Northwest forest on the Puget Sound with Thor and Olive, two English bulldogs who would like to taste test her cooking creations far more often than they are allowed. 


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