When container gardening, you might choose to involve your kids in the procedure. Children may benefit from being accountable for their own container gardens. They could learn about the scientific processes involved in the development of crops and enjoy the benefits of caring for a plant once it blossoms or bears fruit. Every child can take part in container gardening. Whether you reside in town or at an apartment building, all that you need is a container, seeds, sun, water and a small know-how.
Location is important when beginning a container garden with your child. You will need to start your container garden by picking a sunny place in the home. Generally, the best places will be near the windows. If the weather is warm, a balcony or porch is the perfect place for container gardens. You may also use window boxes or planters should you not have a designated outdoor area, but need to keep the probable messes that include a garden from the home.
Make your selections wisely
Not all plants can flourish in container gardens. Some plants need a more dedicated space for their root development. While there are a number of plants that you would be better off with the professionals grow, there are loads of other ones that will grow just fine in a container. You can generally tell whether a plant will succeed in a container by studying the package that the plant seeds arrive in. Most seed packets will state right on the tote whether you ought to use these seeds in a container garden. If you’re ever in doubt as to whether a seed will grow inside or inside a container, then you should feel free to ask the garden center associate for support. Additionally it is important to involve your child in this selection procedure. Allowing your child to choose what they will develop and having them play an active part in making the selection decisions can help them feel like they own the project and will encourage them to stay engaged in the practice of caring for the plant.
Now you need to help your child find the ideal size pots for the plants they have selected. The general rule to bear in mind is that smaller plants can flourish in smaller containers and bigger plants need larger containers. For instance, herbs and compact vegetables such as baby carrots, loose-leaf lettuce varieties, and cherry tomatoes, can fit in smaller containers. Most medium sized planters (12″ square pots, or 12″ diameter round pots) can hold bigger vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, and snap beans. The bigger pots, such as planter boxes can hold quite a few of the plants mentioned previously, or even larger plants such as eggplants, squash, corn, or even dwarf fruit tree varieties. Remember about hanging containers, they can be a fantastic solution when space is minimal. These exact same sizing rules apply to flowers also. For questions about individual plants or if you’re not sure about what size containers are suitable, ask the garden center associate (that is what they’re there for and a fantastic nursery will have employees that are qualified to answer questions such as this).
You can also have fun with your container garden by being creative when it comes to deciding on the containers for your plants. Let your child think of some common items that you might have that would work as a plant container. Plastic or wooden crates, empty food containers or coffee cans, beach pails, baskets, outgrown shoes, a wagon, a toy box no longer in use, or a wheel barrow are simply a couple suggestions. You can even allow your child to paint or decorate their plant containers. Allowing them to personalize the container can help keep them interested in the developing process once the plant is small and anti-climactic.