Whilst I am not a brilliant gardener, my son seems to love it. He loves nothing more than digging and planting, watching things grow. We created a little vegetable patch a couple of years ago and he loves to spend time watering his seeds and loves it when he sees his vegetables appear. He especially loves eating them…they taste so much better when he grows them, so it is a great way of getting him to eat some veg!
Currently we have beans and peas on the go and just picked a late harvest of baby potatoes!
During half term, it is is National Children’s Gardening week and whilst we have a lot of seeds to plant – I wanted a few more ideas. I found plenty on the National Children’s Gardening Week website, so thought i’d share a few of my favourites!
Write your name in salad
Fill a seed tray or pot/container with compost and lightly press it down
Mark out your name in the compost either using sand or by writing your name into it with a stick
Sow some rocket seeds along the letters of your name in the compost
Next, sow a border around the name by using some purple basil or purple lettuce seeds. Leave about 5cm between the letters of your name and the border.
Sieve or sprinkle fine soil or compost over the seeds. Be gentle so that you don’t move the seeds.
Water your tray using the watering can. Be gentle and make sure the watering can has a rose (sprinkler) in the spout so that you don’t wash the seeds out of place.
Put the seed tray on your window sill or outside in your garden or balcony. Clip your name as it growns and enjoy eating it!
Grow yourself some crazy green hair
Draw or paint some faces on to a plant pot, or glue a photo of you or your friend’s face onto the pot. Make sure your faces don’t have any hair on the top of them.
Fill your pots with some compost
Put the sees (grass or cress seeds work well)
Water the seends. Be careful not to get water onto the faces on the pot!
Make sure the soil stays wet and watch as crazy green hair grows out of your head. When it is long enough, try giving it a hair cut!