Children are natural gardeners. They’re hands-on, very curious, and they love to play in the mud. After all, gardening is an excellent way for kids to learn where their food comes from. Wait until they eat all their fruits and vegetables at harvest time!
If you have older children, you can give them their own plants to take care of. This will increase their knowledge, build their confidence, and cultivate a sense of ownership through consistent care of their plants.
1.) I opted to start a simple garden using containers, and organic starter herb plants that I picked up at our local grocery store. I bought organic dirt at our local farm center and had our daughter help pre-fill both planters with dirt. (Both containers have holes in the bottom for adequate drainage.)
Our one year old daughter was excited and eager to help me dig in the dirt. I gave her one of the empty planters to help me dig with.
2.) Once you have enough soil pre-filled into the container, it’s time to add the starter plant.
We planted Basil and Parsley together since both herbs prefer to have moist soil. You can also add Cilantro if you choose.
3.) Once you place the plant onto the pre-filled soil, add soil around the plant until it’s the same height as the soil from the original starter container. This was our daughter’s favorite part.
4.) After the Organic Basil, we added Organic Parsley. Once you have transplanted all chosen herbs, give them a good watering. Then watch them grow and thrive!
For our second container, we planted Organic Rosemary and Organic Thyme together since both herbs prefer to have drier soil. These herbs also need less watering. You can test the soil by sticking your finger 1-2 inches down into the soil to see if it’s wet or dry. If it’s still wet, do not water these herbs.
Here’s our finished organic container herb garden! The next day, we decided to add DIY Plant markers that our one year old daughter painted. She had so much fun that we decided to make a separate blog post about it. Be sure to check it out.
For more fun gardening ideas with your children, check out this fun Kids Gardening Blog. https://www.kidsgardening.org/growing-ideas-blog/