What better way to get your kids to eat new foods…let them plant them! We worked on our garden earlier this week, and by we I mean my 5 year old and I. There are a couple of good tips for gardening with kids. First, let your kids help pick out the plants – my girls wanted us to plant a salad and salad dressing. Second, make sure it isn’t too hot outside – this is a good tip for both your child and your plants. Third, make sure you have all your supplies together – they won’t want to wait while you run to the shed to grab that tool you forgot. Finally, let them get their hands dirty – no point having kids out there solely to observe. This week we hit the garden with our selection of herbs, some from the store and some seedlings from our egg cartons. We decided to start with our herb garden. Here’s how we did it.
Plan out the space to use.
Layout the plants.
Dig a hole that is as deep and a little wider than the plant.
Sprinkle about a 2tsp of bone meal (helps aid transplanting and stimulate root growth) into the bottom of the hole.
Fill the hole generously with water.
Squeeze the plant container on all sides to loosen the plant.
Drop the plant into the hole.
Fill in the hole with dirt.
Tamp the dirt with your foot, eliminating any air pockets.
Water the plant. and enjoy
We took the same steps when planting our egg carton seedings…just peel off the egg carton or leave it and let it biodegrade with time.
We think the herb garden is looking pretty fine. I know some of those plants look awfully small, but just you wait. Herbs do very well in this patch of garden, lots of sun! When my eldest daughter came home from school I asked her to go and cut some rosemary for dinner. She brought in the rosemary and some oregano and said “It just tastes so good, you have to try this oregano!” This is why we grow our own food. I’ll show you our veggie garden next week.
What did we plant?
Rosemary – for potatoes, or any roasted veggies, chicken, etc.
Parsley – salad dressing, added to a salad, added to anything!
Basil – perfect for pesto, salad dressing, added to salad…or eating right off the plant.
Thyme – great for potatoes, salad dressing, anything.
Oregano – the kids love “Greek” food and oregano is key, salad dressing, whatever
Chives – perennial already growing!
Still need Cilantro for those Mexican dinners and Mint for those Mojito’s…I’ll be planting the mint in a container as it is super invasive.
What foods have you planted in your garden?