My kids have always loved helping with some minor gardening in the summer. They love to water the plants and when the time comes to pick a flower, my youngest loses her mind with happiness and excitement. This spring I want to build upon their natural curiosity and get the entire family involved in a gardening project. Given our limited space outdoors and the volume of children that can be found running and playing in our yard at any given moment, a container garden is a great way to start a family gardening project!
I want to share a few tips with you to help your family begin gardening
together in a small space. The kids are going to love getting their hands dirty and watering their garden. Parents will delight in the rewards of time spent together and fresh vegetables and fruits!
Selecting a Container and the Proper Soil
The pot is only really important to your eye, plants are not very finicky about what kind of container you use. The most important part of picking a pot to grow in is to make sure it will allow for adequate drainage. Buy a good quality potting soil. It is important to get soil and not use the dirt from your yard. When straight dirt is used and it dries into a solid clump of dirt, this is not good for your plants.
Select Healthy Plants that are Compatible with Your Light Conditions
When shopping for plants, consider your lighting options. Some plants require full sun, while others need partial sun to thrive. You won't want to mix the plants that need sun with plants that need shade. Select plants that are healthy, with a vibrant color to the plant and no wilting.
Plant in Layers and Fertilize Regularly
It is a good rule of thumb to plant a mix of tall plants, bushy plants and trailing plants for a full and visually appealing look. Both flowers and vegetables are heavy feeding plants and will greatly benefit from regular fertilizing, even if your soil includes fertilizer.
Terra cotta pots will need to be watered more often than any other types of containers, simply because they dry out faster. You will know to water your plants if the soil feels dry to the touch. During the hot days of summer, daily watering is essential to keeping your plants alive.
Trim Plants as Needed
If you have wilted, dry or brown patches, cut or pluck them off to keep your plant healthy. When your plants have produced vegetables or fruits, be sure to harvest as needed and enjoy the fruits of your labor! This is maybe the best part of container gardening as a family.
is a great way to spend time together outdoors, to reduce your stress levels and grocery expenses and add a beautiful touch to your yard. It is also a fantastic way to teach children about patience, nurturing and responsibility.