Spring Madness: Indoor Gardens Kids Can Start Now
After spending a couple of months indoors, the kids are getting a little stir-crazy. While it's still too cold to play outside, that doesn't mean they can't start on their outdoor spring garden. The ground is still too hard to plant, but they can take their planting inside. Here are 4 ideas for indoor gardens kids can start now.
Pores For Plants
Gardening is pretty simple: dig a hole, plant a seed, add water and watch it grow. However, smaller kids might not be quite ready for that. Have them start small with a surface primed for planting: a sponge. Supplies are minimal, all you need is a dish to hold the sponge, a sponge (like the kind you clean with), grass seeds, plastic wrap, toothpicks, and water. All they have to do is wet the sponge and wring it out, place it in the dish and sprinkle it with seeds. Stick the toothpicks in the sponge and drape the plastic over the dish (the toothpicks help create a little tent where the seeds can flourish). Have the kids keep the sponge moist and in a couple weeks they'll have a patch of grass to be proud of.
Pits Of Pride
Get ready for a summer of guacamole! Avocado trees are surprisingly easy to grow even if you don't live in their native Mexico. It does require a lot patience to get a tree going, but you don't need many materials, just an avocado pit, four toothpicks, a jar, and water. From there, have the kids poke the toothpicks in the sides of the pit to help suspend the pit in the jar. Fill the jar with water up to the toothpicks so the pit is half-immersed in the water. The kids can put it in a sunny window sill and watch it grow, making sure the water stays level with the toothpicks. When it starts to sprout, it's ready to be planted in the yard.
Terrariums are perfect for kids. They're like little art projects and require little maintenance. All they need is a glass jar, preferably one with a large mouth, and earthy elements to layer like pebbles (for drainage) on the bottom, followed by sand, soil, and plants. Succulents and airplants do well in terrariums, but you can have the kids do research on the kinds of plants they want to put in theirs. When everything is planted, they can add a few pieces of flair like action figures or tiny cheap toys to create a scene to watch as the plants grow
Grow Your Own
Growing your own food is definitely a trend to follow. While your kids may not be able to grow corn inside, growing a miniature herb garden is a reasonable winter project that they can take outside in the spring. They can upcycle interesting containers they find around the house like small jars, tea tins or old dishes. If you're dedicated to giving them lessons, an herb garden is an excellent tool for teaching about gardening and saving money at the grocery store, as well as teaching them about flavoring foods. With a little bit of soil, a sprinkling of seeds and water, and a lot of love, you'll have plenty of herbs for all your summer salads without spending a dime on dried herbs from the grocery store.
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