Children will love planting and caring for the special, kid-friendly plants in this 4 x 4-foot planting plan. The mix feature kid-sized vegetables—small-fruited peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes—and herbs that attract caterpillars, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as adventurous children, with their flowers and fragrance.
The Finished Plan below shows the planted bed—the plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! The second illustration shows two Color Coded Planting Areas. Look at the drop-down tabs to find planting instructions for each area.
Color Coded Planting Areas
Area 1 – Lettuce, Pineapple Sage, and Mint »
Mint is easy and tastes and smells fresh—plant it in a pot, then plant the pot. You can replace the mint with a fourth lettuce plant if desired.
- 3-4 leaf lettuce (choose Buttercrunch, Romaine, or Red Sails)
- 1 mint (optional, in sunken pot)
- 1 Pineapple sage
Area 2 – Parsley or Dill »
Choose from the following:
- 4 parsley (choose Italian or Curled)
- 4 Fernleaf dill
Area 3 – Tomatoes, Peppers, or Eggplant »
This design provides enough small for two taller plants in cages. Choose two from the following:
- 1 Yummy Snacking Pepper
- 1 Hansel or Gretel Eggplant
- 1 Cherry Tomato (such as Husky Red, Sun Sugar, Sweet Cherry, or Super Sweet 100)