If you have young children an indoor garden can be the perfect project to teach them about nature. It is also a way to teach children about the responsibility needed to care for something on an ongoing basis. Keeping it simple is best, even for older children. Moreover, gardening can provide children with the opportunity to learn the life cycle process as well as independence and environmental awareness.
Kid-Friendly Gardening Tips
To enrich this learning opportunity, purchase clear containers in which to grow your plants. If you cannot find a traditional pot that is clear, make sure the container you use either has a drainage hole in the bottom or layer gravel on the bottom before adding the soil. Once the plant starts to grow more the roots will become visible in the pot. Also, let your children go through seeds catalogs with you.
Children will love growing their own vegetables and maybe even eat them once they are ready. Buy each child a large container that is theirs to take care of and let them pick the type of vegetable they want to grow. The easiest vegetables to grow indoors are carrots, tomatoes, and radishes. There is a wide variety of tomatoes that you can grow from beefsteak to cherry tomato.
The next time you eat an orange, save the seeds. Children can plant the seeds in small containers about 1 inch down into the soil. By giving the plant water and in the sunlight, in a short time they will have their own citrus tree growing. They can choose to keep it indoors or plant it outside in the summer when the small plant can become bigger and stronger. Try the same with other fruit seeds from watermelons to apples.
Getting children to help with your houseplants is a good idea too. Children love to help out with adult chores and it gives you a break at the same time. Moreover, like any activity you experience with your child, it is a time that can be used to increase the bound between the two of you. Finally, encouraging your child to participate in hydroponics farming is an excellent way to help nature and to teach your child the importance of protecting the planet. Our water soluble fertilizers leave a smaller footprint on the environment than fertilizers that contain harsh toxins.