Putting a garden in a plastic tub like this is just a simple form of container gardening. All you need is a small sunny spot to put the tub once it’s planted and add some extra water from time to time. The best thing about this is it’s kid-sized so it’s not overwhelming for small hands.
Turn the tub upside down and to put holes in the bottom. The holes can either be cut or drilled and should be about 4 inches apart! Grab a ruler and help your child learn how far 4 inches is. (What else can you find in the yard that is 4 inches? Yes, every opportunity in the garden creates another opportunity to learn some more.)
Once the holes are made, fill the tub up with potting soil and add your new plants! It’s that easy. Just don’t put too many plants in there. For a container this size 2 or 3 small herbs or plants is the max. The roots need room to spread out as they get bigger and you don’t want them to get tangled with each other.
Then just remember to water the tub enough to keep the soil moist or damp but never where it’s completely under water. Anytime you plant in a container you have to keep an eye on them as they dry out faster than planting right into the dirt. Water the soil when it starts to feel dry!
Tracking the progress of your garden plants is a practice in patience that can actually become an exciting life science and math lesson...
Use our printable ruler (if you can't find one handy), and create a simple week log with your kids.
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It’s raining in a lot of the country today which means PUDDLES!!
Most people tend to stay inside but I say that’s a bunch of bogus!
Grab a coat, some boots, and go outside to explore! It’s extra fun after a good rain.
Find a puddle and see if you can jump across it! It you can’t, it’s still fun because you’ll make a big splash. If you can, time to find an even bigger puddle and see if you can make it across that puddle without making a splash!
Allowing kids to enjoy the garden no matter what the weather is so important to helping them build their passion for it year-round!
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