How to Grow a Children’s Sunflower Garden

Years ago, I discovered the following free garden plan online at Better Homes and Garden. it requires a space that is about 6′ x 6′ and although it is supposedly a garden plan for children, I also think it is precious.

 

Because it is a beginner’s kitchen garden, I believe that many people might enjoy creating this space.

Plants for Creating the Small Children’s Vegetable Garden Plan

“On just a six-foot-square piece of land, you can create a colorful child-size wonderland filled with a few fast-growing veggies, fruits, and flowers. A simple bamboo-pole tepee covered with morning glory and pumpkin vines adds an irresistible element of fun where kids can hide and play. While the vines grow, seed the ground within the ring of poles with radishes. By the time your root crop matures enough to harvest, the vines will be starting to shade the space. Other edible favorites that children can snack on right from the plants include luscious tomatoes and sweet strawberries. Marigolds and tall sunflowers add some cheerful floral color, too.” Better Homes and Gardens

Plant List & Where to Buy Plants

TomorrowSeeds - Mini Mix Pumpkin Seeds - 30+ Count Packet - White Orange Mix Baby Boo, Jack- Be-Little, Wee-B-Little Untreated Squash Vegetable Seed ...

Image Credit: Tomorrow Seeds

‘Baby Boo’ pumpkin
‘Jack-be-little’ pumpkin

Baby Boo and Jack-be-Little are those tiny pumpkins that people use to make wreaths. I ordered mine from Amazon.

Jacki Kellum Garden 2022

Burpee Heirloom Heavenly Blue Morning Glories Growing in Jacki Kellum Garden

‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glory

I only plant morning glories that I buy online from Burpee, The flowers from this heirloom favorite are 5 times larger than other morning glory flowers.

https://www.burpee.com/morning-glory-heavenly-blue-prod000284.html

The red on the right side of the above photo is a stand of Pineapple Sage.

Sunflower Seeds for Planting - to Plant Mammoth Sunflower Seeds - Packet of About 100 Flower Seeds!

‘Mammoth’ or ‘California Greystripe’ sunflower

You can buy Mammoth Sunflowers everywhere. Sunflowers are best sown outdoors as a border plant, along fences, or in fields by the masses. They will bloom throughout the summer months and seeds can be collected at the end of the season. Take note, however, that unless you create something such as a scarecrow, the flower heads may be under attack by your neighborhood squirrels.

Tomato — Sungold, 4″ Pot
‘Sungold’ tomato – Cherry Tomato

The plan calls for Sungold Cherry Tomatoes. I may try those in 2024–the color works well for this little garden–but I normally plant Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes. Sungold tomatoes are rather orange and Super Sweet 100 tomatoes are very red.

For 2023, I have already planted a Black Cherry tomato plant and a Super Sweet 100 tomato plant to this space.

Black Cherry - Heirloom Tomato Seeds | Organic TomatoFest

Black Cherry Tomato – Image Credit Tomato Fest
Black Cherry is an heirloom plant, and this is my first time to try this one.