Getting children interested in gardening and having them participate in the process is the goal of many parents. A teepee garden is an entertaining way to get kids involved in growing and eating vegetables. They can help plant the garden and build the supports, play in the teepee all summer, and eat the treats they helped to grow. As parents have come to learn, children will eat almost any vegetable if they have grown it themselves.
Dig your garden plot after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed. Dig a circle 8 feet across, digging down about one foot. Remove all the rocks and roots you can find. Mix in a layer of compost with the top four inches of soil.
Arrange the bamboo poles in the circle, creating a teepee shape. Connect the poles at the top by tying them with twine or string. Spread the legs of the teepee out so they are equally distant from each other, but leave a larger space on one side. This will become the entrance to the teepee.
Weave string or twine around each pole near the top, connecting it to the next pole. Do this again about one foot lower on the legs, avoiding the entrance. This will create a series of crosswise strings to help vines grow up the teepee.
Plant two green bean seeds and two wax bean seeds around each pole base. Plant the beans about one inch deep.
Plant carrot and radish seeds three-fourths of the way around the teepee, avoiding the area closest to the entrance. Plant seeds by broadcasting them lightly over the area, then running the rake through the soil.
Plant marigold seeds around the side of the teepee nearest the entrance. Sprinkle seeds on the soil and rake in lightly. Water the entire planting area.
Thin the bean plants when they have two sets of true leaves on each plant. Choose the two strongest plants around each pole and clip off the rest.
Water the entire garden twice weekly. Pick radishes before carrots begin to fill out. Pick beans continuously to keep them producing.
Things You Will Need
- 9 bamboo poles, 8 feet longs
- Green bean seeds
- Wax bean seeds
- Carrot seeds
- Radish seeds
- Marigold seeds
- If your bean plants mysteriously don't produce very many beans, don't worry. Children may be snacking on these when they are playing in the teepee.