Gardening is a perfect activity for kids of all ages, whether you are 2 years or 90 years old; not only is planting your own food an easy nature adventure, it is fun.
Research shows that not only can digging around in the dirt, planting, and gardening improves your physical health but also has a positive influence on your mental health. Plus, kids love getting messy, learning new things, and being outside.
No space, no problem, vegetables, and fruits can quickly be grown in hanging pots and containers that you can be placed on a windowsill or on a balcony; all you need is ample sunlight.
Firstly, you will need to start with a packet of seeds as carrot seedlings do not transplant well. You will need a medium-size pot. Water pots of soil thoroughly and let the water drain. Sprinkle carrot seeds over moist soil. Cover with a handful of soil that you kept aside and push down gently. Germination will take about three weeks, be patient while nature works its magic.
You will need a place that gets at least 6 hours of sun. You can either plant your tomatoes in a hanging pot or in a standing pot with a support structure where tomatoes can grow. Dig a hole deep enough to encourage more root growth when planting a seedling. Leave enough space in the pot to add soil as the plant grows. When planting seeds, it will take six to eight weeks to grow from seed to plantable seedlings. Germination takes 5-12 days.
Sugar Snap Peas:
Almost any pot will work if you have drainage holes. As the saying goes, two peas in a pot, you will need two seeds. It is essential to create support for the pea, a stake, or a bamboo. The stick needs to be placed in the center of the pot for support. Once you have the rod in place, plant the seeds about 5cm apart on both sides of the support. Cover with soil. Keep moist but do not overwater. Gemination takes 9-13 days; its best to keep the seed in a lightly shaded area after germination the peas need to be moved into full sun.
To grow radishes will need a medium-size pot. Water pots of soil thoroughly and let the water drain. The seeds need to be sowed half an inch deep and 1 inch apart. Cover with a handful of soil that you kept aside and tap down gently. Germination takes 8-10 days, and then small plants will emerge.
Although the last one is not a vegetable, it is too good not to share.
Strawberries can grow in any containers, pots, planters, hanging baskets, and even window boxes. You can start growing strawberries from bare-root crowns or seedlings. Seedlings will establish themselves much faster than the bare-root crown. Strawberries like to be planted in a loose potting mix that will drain away excess water.
Place the pot in a spot that receives 6-8 hours of sun each day to ensure it bearers plenty of flowers that will become fruits. It is essential to rotate the container every three to four days if it only gets sun from one direction; this will help the plants to grow evenly. Your Strawberry plants will bear fruit four to six weeks after the plants have blossomed.
Other best veggies to grow in containers
Potatoes, chard, lettuce, bush tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, and Asian greens. And don’t forget herbs grow well at home.
Have great fun getting messy with your kids and exploring the wonders of nature – Happy Gardening