By: Kerry McKenzie
keep the container that last night’s rotisserie chicken dinner was in and put some dirt and seeds in there.
When planting in pots or an old sandbox, purchasing potting soil in bags is a good choice. Keep in mind that plants need sunlight and water to grow, so plan your garden in a sunny spot that will catch rain or is easy for you to hand water with a watering can or hose. If you want to plant your garden in the ground, remove all of the grass and rocks before you start. Tilling or breaking up the soil will help when you are putting the plants in the ground.
Involve your children in deciding which fruits or vegetables to plant as this may gain extra attention when gardening. Make sure to try some new fruits and veggies, like Okra! I like to plant seedlings so the kids can watch them grow from the very beginning. You can buy seedlings at any home and garden store. Gently place the seedlings in little holes, cover with a thin layer of dirt and drizzle with some water.
It's important to plant your garden at the right time, and the key is knowing when your area will see its last spring frost. You may lose your warm weather crops if you put them in the ground too soon. Search the Old Farmer’s Almanac freeze chart in your area!
The next part is amazing! Water, fertilize with old leaves, pick out the weeds and watch your plants grow. Before you know it you will have fruit and vegetables to pick and eat! It’s that simple! And it’s fun!
What kind of fruits and veggies do your children like to watch grow? Share your growing tips with us in the comment section!