Gardening with a Toddler and Natural Playscape

My toddler and I just came inside after working almost 3 hours in the garden and it felt SOOOO good!

It is the time of the year when we can plant both warm and cool season veggies, both with a risk of not surviving due to the weather conditions. It is 65 days to our first average frost. This week we planted peas, lettuce, romaine, flowers, beans, carrots and broccoli seeds. Here is a video of my 1 year old and I planting seeds!

We added compost to some of the garden beds, 
gathered pine cones that have dropped (will save for later projects) 
weeded and

These are all tasks your toddler can help with!!!

The oranges are looking great, but I have some sort of pest attacking my new leaf growth, so I will need to do some reading on what to do.

Also, since it is our first cool weekend day, we also worked on our "natural playscape area." As I feel that children need the opportunity to play and explore in a natural environment, we have sectioned off our small backyard into different zones. Last year we added a stage (large tree platform), building blocks (small tree sections) and balancing beams (large branches laying down). While the grown-ups worked on our new outdoor music piece, the kiddos worked on building a castle!



  1. I love working in the garden with my kid! I've never planted orange though :) New follower from MBC, have a great week! You can find me at
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  2. I was going to say 65 days till your first frost. Lucky you, I'm excepting it any night now...any night...

  3. Thanks Frugal in WV - love your cooking pictures =) And Marlynn, I am envious of all your pickle jars. My cucs did not do well this year! I am hoping for a better second batch!

  4. You planted an orange! It would never last where I am from ;-) Thank you for sharing this on The Sunday Showcase.

  5. Aimee - we now have 2 orange, 1 tangerine, 1 lime, and 1 lemon tree in our little yard! They were more recently added, so we haven't had much fruit off them yet.

  6. This is precious! Thanks so much for linking up to the outdoor play link up. I think so many people would never think of garden work as play for kids, but it truly can be amazing play for them!

  7. Your garden is a wonderful space & I love the idea of gardening with the children. Thanks for linking up :)

  8. Abbie and Karen - Thank you for such kind words. I think so much of our learning and playing happen in the garden!

  9. Ooh I love your natural playscape! I'm collecting inspiration for our new garden in the spring. Thanks so much for sharing with us! Hope you'll be back again this Friday!


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