If you feel like your kids are spending too much time inside, we have a great idea that will bring them outside! You can make your own corner teepee using bamboo canes and plants. There is many benefits of having a living playhouse, the kids can get their own space in the backyard and you can grow fruits and vegetables.
- Bamboo poles (8-10, 6 or 7 feet-long)
- Seeds (your favourite vegetables and/or fruits)
- Gardening string
- Fence wire (optional - also called chicken wire)
1. Choose the location.
Pick a spare space in your garden or in backyard on the lawn.
2. Create the structure of the teepee.
Push the bamboo poles firmly into the ground, they should be spaced evenly but make sure there is a wider space in the front for the entrance.
3. Create the garden.
Start by mixing compost or manure in the soil to provide nutrients for the veggies or fruits. At the base of each bamboo pole, dig an area that is at least 12" wide, 12" long and 12" deep.
4. Plant the seeds.
At the base of each bamboo pole, dig two holes that are 1"-2" and put one seed into each hole. Fill with water and once the water has soaked into the soil, cover the holes with soil and water once again.
5. Protect the plants.
You can cover the base of the plants with wood chips or lawn clippings. That will help keep the moisture in and don't forget to water the plants often, especially in hot, dry periods!
6. Decorate the teepee.
You can add some pillows or blankets to make the teepee really cozy!
Watch how easy it is!
For best results, use vegetables seeds from this list:
- Pole beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Sweet peas
Did you know that there is many benefits of gardening with your kids? Some of the benefits include:
- Body control and development.
- Sensory development.
- Language and literacy.
- Plant and food knowledge.
- Mental health.
- Makes your kids want to eat more veggies.
What do you think of this idea? Will you be trying it in your backyard?