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!
I took a deep breath and decided to ask why? Why would this pumpkin be better than another one? I quickly turned the stress into a fun seeking game. I decided to be smart about it and use my head…really use my head.
We now choose pumpkins that are the same size as our heads. Of course, if you want bigger pumpkins, you could find pumpkins as big as your arm. Smaller pumpkins could be the size of your foot or hand.
This idea makes hunting through the patch really fun. You have to bend down to see if your head matches or lift the pumpkins up.
With pumpkins growing in the garden, it’s hard to not imagine how you’re going to carve them up for Halloween. Only problem is it’s way too early to pick them so here’s an alternative…add a monogram or your first initial to the pumpkins your growing.
If you have pumpkins or other squash growing in your garden that are still the size of a small melon or softball, you can carve a letter or face into it and watch it grow.
Use an old ballpoint pen to sketch the first letter of your name into the skin of the pumpkin. Press hard enough to scrape off the top layer of the skin but don’t push the pen already into the pumpkin. If you put a hole in the pumpkin it will attract ants and other pests and will make your pumpkin rot.
The letter or drawing will “scar” as the pumpkin tries to heal itself. Come check on your pumpkin every few days and watch your initial grow. See how it changes sizes and shape as the pumpkin gets bigger and bigger.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.