If you love gardening and you're a parent, you may want to try gardening with your kids. We've got some tips for gardening with kids, including what types of flowers to plan and how to keep kids interested. Gardening with kids is a fun activity that will keep your kids busy and also help to beautify your yard!
You don't need a huge patch of land to grow a garden. A small square of backyard or a flowerpot on a balcony or sunny windowsill will do just fine! With a little bit of care, you and your family can enjoy tomatoes or flowers that you grew together.
Tater Pots ... Kids Love them!
Tater Pots. These adorable little potato-shaped pots with friendly faces and funny little feet come equipped with all the essentials your child needs to grow her own oregano, basil or mint—all hardy, low-maintenance plants that can take a licking and keep on ticking. In a few weeks, your boy or girl will be overjoyed by the spectacle of nature—and you just might be enjoying a mojito made from home-grown mint.
A seedling tomato, herb, or flower (look for these at supermarkets, garden centers, or farmers' markets)
- A trowel
- A flowerpot, window box, or sunny patch of backyard
- Potting soil (if you are using a flowerpot or window box)
- A watering can
Fill your flowerpot or window box about three-quarters full with potting soil. If you are planting in your backyard, select a site. Make sure you check with your parents before you start digging!
With your trowel, dig a hole deep and wide enough to hold the roots of your plant. Be sure your flowerpot will provide enough space for the roots to grow. Place the plant in the hole, then fill in the dirt around the roots. Pat the dirt down gently, but don't pack it down too tightly.
Water your plant immediately after planting. A little water is best. If you are using a flowerpot or window box, place your plant in a sunny spot near a window. Water it every few days or if the soil is dry. When your tomatoes or herbs are ready for harvest, choose a recipe to make and share with your family, such as pico de gallo.