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!
Tomatoes have glossy, thin, smooth skin. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are oval, some are tear-dropped shape, and a lot are the same size of a tennis ball.
The tomato will start to grow and actually turn red inside the bottle. Once the tomato looks fully ripe, ask an adult helper to carefully snip it from the stem. Screw on the cap and there you have it – a tomato in a bottle. Go impress your friends and family!
Adult Helpers: Try this with fruits your yard too. Apples, pears or peaches are great. Just make sure they have a long enough stem that would look extraordinary in a bottle.
Growing a Giant Strawberry!
Here’s a great experiment to share with your kids about strawberries:
After only a month of growing, little white flowers will start to pop up on the strawberry plant. Each of these blooms will turn into a strawberry if left alone. However, if you want to have giant strawberries try picking all the flowers off except for 3.
All the water and nutrients that the plant eats should now go to help just these three strawberries grow!
To make the experiment really cool…start with the same size plant in two different pots and then don’t pick the flowers on one. With the other, just leave 3 flowers and see if the strawberries are bigger.
Be sure to take pictures and let me know if it worked. I can’t wait to try my daughter’s super big red plump strawberries!
A great warm-weather plant to have in the garden is zucchini. For kids the big leaves, thick stems and bright yellow flowers are always interesting. Zucchini is a squash vegetable and like my friends, they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But like the other vining plants, zucchini plants are garden space hogs. They have huge leaves and love to stretch their vines.
If you don’t have a big area to plant zucchini, then try to find a bush type of zucchini. I’ve planted one called Gold Rush and it worked great because it grows into a small bush and still has a lot of yummy zucchini. The skin is actually a gold color rather than green like other zucchini. It’s even small enough that you could grow it in a pot. Cool huh?
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