Good Questions: Tips for Kids' Garden Without "Full Sun"

Calling all gardeners! We got this question by email: We have some newfound space in our backyard since our neighbors directly behind us put up a fence. The space is behind our garage and since it’s not highly visible, we would like to make it a kids’ garden where our sons (8, 6 and 3) can both grow plants and play. We are looking for ideas on how to make this very engaging for the kids with a combination of the following if possible: plants, interactive water feature, a seat or two, digging area, etc...
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The area gets afternoon sun, but would not be considered “full sun”, I’m afraid, for many vegetables. Also, we have a stack of bricks and some stones for use. We would like to “diy” this as much as possible. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

Please share your suggestions for getting this garden going in the comments below...thanks!

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