Gardening is a fun, productive, and healthy hobby. It gives children an appreciation for fruits and veggies and a love of nature. And the kids just might be more excited about eating their veggies if they helped to grow them! We hope this blog gives you just ONE easy gardening idea to try with your kids this spring.
How to Get Started
Start by deciding about the size of your garden. Do you have a backyard where you can set up garden beds, or will you use containers or a window box for your garden? Knowing how much space you have is the first step toward picking the right fruits and veggies to grow!
When you are choosing what to plant, we love this tip from Kids Gardening: Choose seeds that are big enough for little hands to plant. Tiny little carrot or lettuce seeds can get lost easily, but big seeds like peas, beans, zucchini, squash, and cucumbers are easy for children to handle and plant by themselves. Potatoes are one of the easiest things to plant because all you need is an “old” potato that has begun to sprout eyes! Another great place to start is is this guide from The Educators’ Spin On It, who have broken down the best veggies to plant depending on your needs.
Once you have decided what to plant, do a little digging (research, that is). Find out the right time to plant based on the climate and temperature of your area. Some plants can go into the ground early (like potatoes) and some need to be warm and shouldn’t be planted until spring or summer. Others can still be planted and harvested later in the year.
Simple Ways to Garden
Gardening doesn’t have to be a huge backyard project. You can start in late winter or early spring by growing sprouts inside your house or simply planting an indoor herb garden that will stay in the window or on the countertop all year long. We found this environmentally-friendly tip from You Grow Girl: Use a toilet paper tube as a biodegradable seed starter!
If you have a balcony garden or other small space, container gardening might be your best bet. With a few pots you can grow a variety of veggies inside or outside. Check out I Am That Lady for a list of nine excellent candidates for container gardening.
If you have space outside, an excellent method for beginners or advanced gardeners is the square foot gardening method. The Square Foot Gardening Foundation provides a basic guide on building your garden bed, creating the perfect potting soil mix, and what types of plants to grow.
Other Garden Crafts
One of the challenges of gardening with kids is that they might lose interest without instant results. Keep their mind on the garden with some of these fun crafts and activities!
Decorative Rock Bugs
DIY Garden Mushrooms
Nature Sensory Table
Peanut Butter Bird Feeder
Ready, Set, Grow!
Which ONE easy gardening idea are you going to try? We can’t wait to hear from you!