Miniature Peter Rabbit Garden – Kids in the Garden Blog Hop

Peter Rabbit Garden to encourage children to enjoy being outside and to develop a love of gardening.
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2016 marks 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter, one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors. We enjoy the stories and have a few bits of pottery with the characters on.

Inspired by this, I thought it would be fun to make a miniature garden with some of the plants that are mentioned in the stories. Did you know that Peter Rabbit is eating a radish, not a carrot, in the famous Beatrix Potter illustration? The radish is believed to be the Long Scarlet Radish.

Gardening with children

Gardening with children is great funEven toddlers love watering. Especially if you give them their own area. A fun Peter Rabbit Garden. whatever their age. Now that the weather is starting to warm up why not involve the children and ‘grow your own’?

Digging, sowing, planting and watering are great activities, indoors or out.

Taking responsibility for something small but lovely is a great life lesson.

Children love planting seeds, and watching them grow.

They also tend to love water play and watering plants is a great way to teach children all about how things grow.

I decided to invest in a mini watering can and some other tools as it makes it easier for the children to use and also makes it special.

Give them their own section and allow them to care for it, even if it is with lots of guidance!

Even toddlers can help fill a container with compost. Having their own area can help develop skills. This is a Peter Rabbit Garden.I thought it would be fun to build a Peter Rabbit Garden in a container. I didn’t want to go and buy anything, especially as all sorts of containers/vessels can be used from wellies to sandpits! I found last years water tray in the garage which I thought would work.

I then did a quick bit of research to remind myself what grew in the garden. There are lots of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Mr McGregor had a greenhouse and a vegetable plot.

Here is a list of some of the plants mentioned in the Peter Rabbit stories:

  • Lemon Balm    •   Rosemary    •   Parsley    •   Strawberry
  • Mint    •   Lettuce    •   Radish    •   Calendula       Sage
  • Chamomile    •   Tomato    •   Lavender       Thyme

Radishes and Parsley seemed to fit with what I wanted as they are both easy to grow. We also decided to grow some tomatoes. We used a Cherry Tomato Seed Pod which is so simple! All we had to do was push the pod into the soil, leave uncovered and water.Planting & watering tomato pod in my Peter Rabbit Garden. Encourage children to enjoy gardening by creating a miniature garden for them.

I will plant some calendula (marigold) seeds a bit later in the year. It is a lovely flower to plant with children as the flowers are a pretty orange or yellow and they are edible. They are great for decorating plates with or using in baking.

When the radishes and parsley grow, we will be using them in cooking together.

Children can practise many skills in the garden. Encourage a joy of gardening by creating a mini garden for them. A mini garden can be made in any container. This is a miniature Peter Rabbit Garden.If your child is old enough, you could sketch some ideas together of what you want the garden to look like. You could discuss what things you would like to put in the garden to show that it was a Peter Rabbit garden and of course choose which plants to grow.

It would be fun if you can think of ways to make things together. If possible, take your child shopping for seeds/seedlings with you.

We decided to have a gate that Peter used to enter the garden that we made with lollipop sticks. We used two sticks to hang a blue jacket on that Peter lost and was used as a scarecrow in Mr Mcgregor’s garden. Putting plant markers in my Peter Rabbit Garden to show where the radishes are. Children love planting seeds, and watching them grow. Giving them their own space encourages a love of gardening and a development of motor skills.

The container will need drainage holes in the bottom ideally. I haven’t drilled any in the water tray, so it will be interesting to see how well the seeds grow! We filled the tray with compost then placed the fence and other bits where we wanted them. We planted the seeds and covered with soil. We have made sure that the garden is in a sunny location.

There are lots of tasty salad leaves and herbs you can grow in the garden – no expertise required!

The most popular salad leaves to grow are lettuces such as Little Gem or Paris White (crisp, sweet leaves) and rocket (both herb and wild varieties); while herbs like mint, parsley and basil also make good choices.

  • For the salads, ask your child to scatter the seeds onto some compost in a container, sprinkle with a little more compost, water lightly, and wait for germination.
  • To grow herbs, plant seeds or buy herb seedlings  –  children love digging little holes. Only water when the top of the soil feels dry. Pick and use your herbs regularly to keep them bushy and compact.
  •  Encourage your child to water regularly and soon your garden will have things growing and your child can proudly harvest them 🙂

So to recap: (Try to do as much as you can with your child)

Plan the garden

Think of /make/ find things to includeGardening with children develops their skills and encourages a love of the outdoors.

Find a suitable container

Place in sunny position

Fill it with compost

Choose & plant seeds/seedlings

Water

Enjoy!

Most children love planting and caring for growing plants. It is such a great activity for spring /summer evenings or weekends. Growing herbs, fruits and vegetables helps them learn where their food comes from and is known to help with fussy eating.

The aim is to get your child excited about planting healthy food and the more they are able to be involved in the process, the more likely they are to continue to enjoy gardening and to eat the things they have grown.

For more gardening ideas read Encouraging Little Green Fingers and Reasons to Garden and Cook with Children.

I’m joining in with LarabeeUK‘s Kids in the Garden Blog Hop with 13 other bloggers. I believe that any opportunity for children to enjoy being in the garden in the fresh air and away from screens has to be encouraged!

It would be great if you added your own Kids in the Garden blog post 🙂

In order to take part all you have to do is:Being outside in the garden lends itself to discovering nature. A lady bird in a miniature Peter Rabbit Garden.
1.Include the badge on your post.
2.Comment on this post plus one other.

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55 thoughts on “Miniature Peter Rabbit Garden – Kids in the Garden Blog Hop

  1. Cutest garden ever!~ My kids are all big now (taller than me, even) but I I kind of wish we had made an effort to make our raised beds look more fun and colorful now.

  2. This is such an adorable and clever idea!!! I love gardening with the my children. There is always so much sensory play and Learning happening all at the same time! #twinklytuesday

  3. This is so lovely – I’m definitely going to bookmark for when my baby boy is a bit bigger. My 5yo loves watching things grow, we’ve just planted some flowers in a window box on her playhouse. She has really taken to the responsibility of watering them every day. #KCACOLS

  4. Your ideas are just amazing, so is your motivation. Can you just come and live at mine for a week and tell me what to do with the garden. It has so much potential put I am clueless! I am going to attempt something impressive and send you pictures when I do because your blog is so inspiring. Gona get my green fingers on #KCACOLS
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  5. My eldest (5 years old) loves watering our herbs in the garden. She also loves peter rabbit but I never thought of putting the two together – great idea!

  6. This is so cute, I love it! You e given me some brilliant ideas for our garden this summer 🙂

    #KCACOLS

  7. Wow this is honestly so impressive and inspiring. I am not green fingered by nature but I love the things you talk about, such as giving kids a little responsibility for something and the magic of watching their plant grow and it gets them out which is great. I am absolutely going to pin this and tackle a mini garden with them, also at 21 and 10 month I might be pushing it but there time will come. Thank you so much linking with #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back next Sunday xx

  8. Sara, this is brilliant! I did not know PR was eating a raddish! amazing! Will aim to join up a blog post re garden fun – although all our grow your owns have pretty much died (I really am useless!) #KCACOLS

  9. This is so sweet! My husband and I were just talking about getting some more herbs to plant in our garden this year, our son was really interested in it when we put some in last year. Love the little blue jacket in your pot! x #KCACOLS

  10. I absolutely love this! It is so important to teach kids where our food comes from, and gardening gives them a sense of responsibility over something living. Your kiddos really look like they’re enjoying their time in the garden. I take my 13-month-old with me when I work in our garden, but currently he’s not too interested. Haha. Thanks for sharing x #KCACOLS

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