start your indoor garden this fall and harvest fresh vegetables this winter
Gardening with kids will start them on a life long journey of loving gardening and healthy eating. In this time of kids learning from home, gardening with kids is a wonderful way to teach about healthy eating, the joy of gardening, and all the science involved with how a plant grows.
4 Important things to remember when gardening with kids
- Choose the easiest and fastest growing plants
- Get kids their own tools
- Let them pick out fun and unique planters
- Take the opportunity to add in some science
Choose the easiest and fastest growing plants
Kids don’t always have the patience to wait for months to see things mature. So in when teaching new gardeners try using fast growing plants to help keep the kids interested.
These have often been the go to flower for kindergartens. Marigolds are fast growing, often just 8 weeks from seed to flower. They come in many bright colors and are very easy to grow.
Alyssum is another great choose for flowering plants. They go from seed to flower in typically around 6 weeks. there are lots of bright colors available. Sweet Alyssum are also know for their sweet smell.
Lettuce and Greens
Greens of any kind are wonderful for gardening with kids. Grow leaf lettuce is fun because you can pick individual leaves as they grow. Most varieties of lettuce and other greens will mature in as little as 45 days.
These little fast growing vegetables will help introduce kids to a world of root vegetables.
Pick whatever plants might interest your kids. Any plant can make a great garden for kids.
Some plants that you might want to avoid would be anything like cactus or larger vegetables. These will take a long time to have visible changes which may not keep kids interested.
Get kids their own garden tools
Kids will have more fun and take more pride of ownership in their gardening if they have their own set of “grownup” tools. There are lots of kid size garden tool available. They are not very expensive and will be well worth it.
Consider gloves, shovels, watering cans and buckets. All will be a good introduction to bigger garden tools.
Let kids pick out their own fun and unique garden containers
You can use almost anything as a garden container. From old toys to old shoes they have out grown, all make perfect plant containers for gardening with kids.
Have kids go through their room or the house finding things that are no longer needed or wanted. This can be a fun and creative project. Using up cycled containers is a good way to save money and will make the garden more fun.
Check out Indoor gardening for Beginners for more ideas about using recycled containers.
Take the opportunity to induce some science
There are so many opportunities to learn when you are gardening with kids. Some of the things you can learn about include:
What is soil made from?
There are many aspects of healthy soil such as good fungus, bugs and organs matter.
How do seeds grow?
Find the different part of the seed including the embryo, endosperm, and coat
What does a plant need to grow?
All plants need light, air and water to grow. It may surprise them and you but plants don’t need soil at all to grow.
How lights help a plant grow?
What kind of light is there and which do plant need? please check out Best lighting for indoor plants
All the aspects of growing plants can be both easy to explain to young kids and real science for older kids.
These are just some of the reasons why you should try gardening with kids. So while you are stuck inside and doing so home schooling try gardening.