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Marcia and Scott, her husband, constructed a pergola adjacent to the garden to help draw family members and visitors closer to the plantings.
Morning glories climb these surrealistic window frames (with the glass removed) that serve as "walls" for the pergola. But openings still permit a view of the garden from the benches and chairs inside.
A fire pit inside the pergola makes a great place to roast marshmallows and tell stories.
"Bean teepees" combine kidsí play and food production. Poles and brush form the framework that these young pole beans begin to climb.
By midsummer, the beans completely cover the framework, providing a cool, private spot where the kids can hide.
To get her kids involved with the garden, Marcia makes sure to plant plenty of crops that they can snack on right in the garden. In addition to these sugar snap peas, other favorites include strawberries, blueberries, carrots and beans. Her kids even like to nibble on herbs such as parsley, dill, chives, and basil.
Growing unusual varieties, such as these red-fleshed potatoes, carries the kids' enthusiasm for the garden back to the kitchen. "They've even harvested poppy seeds to make bread. You never know whatís going to grab them," says Marcia.
Family Involvement