Kids these days spend less time with nature, getting them involved with gardening is a way to encourage them to learn and touch base with the environment. There are garden chores better handled by adults and there are lots of little tasks that are appropriate for children of all ages. Gardening is a great way to get them hooked with caring and nurturing living things.
They will get the much-needed exercise and sunshine that is needed for their growth. See the glow in their eyes and their happy smile when the fruits of their labor begin to blossom. And you might slip in more veggies in their diet too. But what matters most is that you have enjoyed quality time with your little tots.
Try these ideas and let your children do their thing in the garden. Here is how to plant a perfect kid-friendly garden.
Create Kid’s Space
Stake a claim in your garden that is solely for kids. Let them do what pleases them, a place to explore without damaging your cherished vegetation. Let them discover their adventurous spirit to satisfy their curious minds.
They love hidden places, circle their garden with tall sunflowers or other flowers around their space.
Prepare their tools consider child-sized trowels, hoe, fork, watering can, and rake. Show them how to use garden tools for their safety and their success as a gardener.
While you’re tilling the soil, let them use their rake to spread the soil, spread compost, and sprinkle nutrients in their garden. Teach them the basics of plant care, like how to space between plants and the importance of water and sunlight to grow.
Use Containers for Planting
For those with limited or no garden spaces to plant, container gardening is for you and you’ll be amazed at the number of plants you can grow in containers.
A beautiful barrel, tin buckets, nursery bags, or whatever lies in your house can serve as containers. This will add aesthetics to your yard and home, what looks simple will become interesting.
With the right mindset, growing those myriad gorgeous blooms, medicinal herbs, and crispy vegetables in containers is easy. Let us walk you through the things you need to start your plants growing.
Space matters. Check out your spot, determine the number of containers it can accommodate, and the availability to sunlight. Go for the dwarf varieties of plants they will fit well in containers since they are small.
Potting mixes are better suited to containers than garden soil. Garden soil is prone to weed seeds, pests, and nasty critters you don’t want in your pot.
Look for a mixture that is light, soft, drains well , and organic materials to hold water and nutrients.
When you’re in the market for potting soil read the label very carefully. If it’s labeled topsoil or compost don’t buy it, look for high organic potting soil.
There is a difference between watering plants in containers than in soil. Potting soil is less dense and contains less water. Also, the pots limit the quantity of soil to retain water. Too much or too little water can finish off plants. In searing temperatures container plants need to be watered twice a day.
Let the children choose what to grow with your guidance, of course. Large seeds would fit their tiny hands and are easy to plant. Search the types of flowers or crops that are suited for your space, children love instant fulfillment.
Planting some spinach and cabbage crops won’t make them happy, let them choose their favorite fruits and veggies and you’ll be their hero.
Think about pizza and all its trimmings, the beauty of flowers when they bloom, or the sweetness of strawberries.
Plant seeds indoors in egg cartons or place them in a paper towel left on a wet plate. When their seeds begin to grow, you’ll have a fun time watching their faces glow.
What Kind of Plants Do You Want?
Before running to the nursery determine the purpose that you want to achieve with your container garden. Do you want vegetables or herbs? Do you want a drab space to be interesting? Does your space need height and texture?
Some plants are better suited for pots than others, here are some suggestions.
Carrots, eggplant, onions, peppers, lettuce, cabbage, radish, cucumber, kale, and spinach.
Basil, coriander, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, tarragon, dill, anise, chives.
Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, and cherry tomatoes.
Vegetable Plants For Your Garden
Grow some veggies or fruits that your children will enjoy, which they can pick right out of the plant for snacking. One of the important things that you have to do before starting is to prepare your soil planting.
Tomatoes are actually fruits but used in cooking as veggies. They’re easy to raise and one plant will produce a consistent yield of bite-size fruits all season. It can grow up to 10 feet tall and there are dwarf or patio varieties available.
- Choose a planter that is 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide at the top with holes at the bottom for draining.
- Select a spot that is exposed to sunlight for over eight hours a day.
- Fill the planter with a potting
- Add water to the potting mix until it is soggy.
- Poke a small hole in the middle and slide the tomato plant leaving about six leaves on top, cover the hole with potting mix.
- Water as needed to keep the soil moist.
- In about a month the plant will start to It will be followed by tiny green fruits and ready for harvest in a few weeks.
Carrots are root vegetables that are easy to plant and have many health benefits. Kids love it because it’s sweet and crunchy, and it tastes good as carrot juice.
- Soil should be free of rocks or soil clumps for good carrot growth.
- It needs a spot where there is full sunlight.
- Sow seeds ¼ inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, it’ll take about three weeks to sprout.
- Cover with compost.
- The soil should be moist with frequent shallow watering.
- Thin to 1 inch apart when the top is about two inches tall. After two weeks, they were thin to four inches apart.
- Start harvesting if the carrot size is large enough to eat.
The lovely flowers in your garden will entice kids to produce their own. There are many flowering perennials that are stunning, easy-care, and fun to plant.
This flower has yellow, cherry, or orange petals with a dark center. A prolific perennial, the more you cut the more it will give back more and more blooms.
Garden Plox’s fragrant smell matches its colorful flowers of pink, white, purple, rose, or bicolor, and blooms from midsummer to fall.
Your kids will be amazed when it grows taller than them. When grouped together, it can serve as a hiding place.
Peony blooms are aromatic and last for years. It requires little help from your kids and bursts into flowers in mid-spring.
Taking care of plants has never been as easy as daylilies. Plant them in a sunny spot, mulch them to keep weeds away, sit back, and enjoy its variety of colors and bloom types.
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