Get Growing! Gardening Ideas for Little Green Fingers
It’s National Children’s Gardening Week (25th May -2nd June 2019)! We’ve got some great ideas to get the little ones in the garden and get them working those green fingers!
There’s more to gardening than mud pies – but since plants take a long time to flourish, it can be hard to convince the kids they’re worth investing in.
National Children’s Gardening Week is an annual event to help capture imaginations. Held at a time when the weather is usually warm, it means kids can plant the popular things and see the fruits of their labours quickly, without worrying about weather damage.
The event is now an annual festival of fun that’s embraced in homes, schools, and community groups across the country – including Yorkshire, where children can get involved in the fun at local garden centres (scroll down to find details).
EASY GARDENING IDEAS FOR KIDS
Heads Gone Wild
What you need:
Pots or containers
Grass or cress seeds (or other plants like salad that you want to see grow out of your heads!)
Stickers, glue, pens, or glitter to make faces on your pots
Draw or paint some faces onto your 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 the compost.
Put the seeds into compost.
Water the seeds. Be careful not to get water onto the pot faces!
Make sure the soil stays wet, and watch as crazy green hair grows out of your head. When it’s long enough, try giving it a hair cut!
Write your Name in Salad
You will need:
A seed tray (or other pot/container)
Small bag of multi-purpose compost
Salad seeds (try rocket seeds and purple basil/lettuce seeds)
A watering can with a rose (sprinkler) in the spout
Fill your seed tray(s) or pot/container(s) with compost.
Lightly press down the compost so it’s firm in the tray.
Mark out your name in the compost either using sand or by writing your name into it with a stick.
Sow the rocket seeds along the letters of your name in the compost.
Next, sow a border around the name using the 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 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 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 grows and enjoy eating it!
Make a Dalek or Robot Composter
What you need:
A compost bin
Things to decorate your robot (paint, glitter, plant pots and plants, half tennis balls, old CDs, bottles – use your imagination!)
A clear piece of perspex or a plastic greenhouse panel/pane
The compost bin will be the body of your robot composter. Decide where you want your robot to be in your garden and put it there.
Decorate the body of your robot. Go wild! Try sticking things to it to make it as funky as possible
Make sure that you can still open the top of your robot composter. If you can’t, then you won’t be able to make any compost!
If you want to see the stuff you put into your robot turning into compost, you can cut a hole in the side of your composter. Cover the hole with a clear piece of perspex to make a window in the robot’s body. A greenhouse pane or panel is ideal for this.
When you’re done, take a photo of your robot and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org saying who you are and the town you live in. We’d love to see it and maybe share it on our web site to the whole country.
To make compost in your robot, put a mix of live (grass clippings, leaves, weeds, fruit and veg waste) and dead (paper, cardboard, wood shavings or sawdust) into the robot. It will rot down and turn into compost to use in your garden
Plant a Herb Garden
What you need:
Compost or a growing bag
A large pot or another vessel
You can pick up herbs from local supermarkets for very cheap or at local markets or garden centres. An old wheelbarrow makes a good garden base but you can turn anything from an old sink to a big pot into your own herb garden.
The kids love to water the herbs and pick them to add to meals!
If you decide to plant mint ensure you put it in a pot before you plant it so it doesn’t run wild!