Updated: Jun 4
Gardening is a summer activity that can last the entire summer.
Helping your kids grow their own garden is fun and they will be able to reap the benefits before school starts again by harvesting their own vegetables.
Gardening doesn't always have to be a yard. I know there are many people that live in a space that doesn't have a backyard or space to grow a garden, so how can you still do this with your kids?
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How To Grow A Garden Without A Yard
You just have to make sure to plan in the space you have. For example, you may just enough space on your kitchen counter that you grow and plant an aerogarden.
We were gifted an aerogarden last year and it was so much fun to be able to share that with my girls! They loved watching the plant start to grow and then harvest it for their food.
Many people will use these for herbs, however, since we are talking about using it as an activity for kids there are two options I want to suggest.
1) Buy a starter kit that allows you to plant any kind of plant that you want
2) Buy this salsa kit. Just imagine the excitement of starting this one with the anticipation that at the end of the summer you will be able to harvest enough to make salsa!
Now let's chat about if you do have space outside for growing a garden.
Planning A Garden With Kids
Gardening will require some pre-planning and most likely should be started before school is out. The best way to start a garden for children is to germinate the seeds indoors. March and April are the best time to start the seedlings, especially for areas that are still in danger of frost.
Another part of planning your garden is knowing your zones and what types of vegetables, fruits, flowers will grow best in your area. Here is a great resource to help you plan what plant to plant.
After you decide what type of vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers to grow, get the plants ready inside so they have a better chance of success when they are moved to the outdoors.
Beans, radishes, and carrots are all easy vegetables to grow. Strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries are a popular alternative to vegetables and are also considered an easy plant to take care of.
Growing sunflowers is very rewarding. They can grow up to 8-12 feet tall and the seeds are edible. Or, go to the garden center together and let them pick out a small plant or seeds that they want to take care of for the summer or maybe for longer if they pick a perennial plant.
Some other great options are vine plants; zucchini, pumpkin (great for little kids that love to care pumpkins in the fall), or watermelon. We had a lot of fun with our watermelon this last year where we built with some spare wood around a box and created a square watermelon.
Extend out the fun by having your kids make home-made row markers for their vegetable garden using paper and Popsicle sticks. Pinterest has an some amazing ideas around this that you can check out here.
Garden Is Planted, Now What?
You don't need to check back on your garden every day, but it is a good idea to check up on it at least once a week at first and then every other day once the plants have started to grow.
Make the garden the child's responsibility, if there is already a garden plot in your yard give them a section to call their own.
Most children can be in charge of their own weeding and watering, especially if you don't have the option to have it watered automatically.
Gardening is a great activity that fosters independence and will give the children a sense of accomplishment come the end of the summer by eating vegetables that they grew themselves in their own backyard.
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