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!
Make Edibles Fun With:
- 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
- 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