Spring is finally here and for many of us, we are excited for warmer weather, BBQ’s, and lots of backyard time. For me, one thing that makes my backyard extra special is our vegetable garden. It’s a fun project that runs from spring all the way to the end of summer and the kids enjoy being involved. My kids love everything about it—from choosing the seeds we will be planting, planting the seeds, watching the plants grow, to harvesting and eating the vegetables. Having them take part in the gardening is a great way to get them to try different veggies—if they had a hand in growing the vegetable, they are more likely to try it.
It’s April, so this is a great time to get your seedlings started indoors. The rule of thumb is to start them six weeks before the last frost. In some cities, this can be hard to predict and you may end up starting a bit too early. I’ve been there before, but it’s not a big deal. If this does happen, simply switch the plants over to larger pots until they are ready for the outdoors.
Here is what you will need to get your plants started:
· Plant pots (I use biodegradable pots that can be placed right into the ground when ready)
· Potting soil
· A small scoop to place the dirt in the pots
1. The first thing we do is visit the store to decide what we will be planting. The kids go a little overboard sometimes (umm… a mango tree?) but once they see what seeds are available and realistic, they tend to come back down to earth pretty quickly! For many reasons, we always choose organic seeds and they are available are all garden centres nowadays.
2. Next, plant the seeds in the pots according to the directions on the packets. Be sure to label the pots. Water when necessary and be sure to place the pots in or on something that will catch excess water.
3. This step is really the hardest thing in the whole process for the kids—the waiting. But this is the part that causes the most excitement because once they see a sprout peeking through, excitement will surely ensue.
4. Transplant the plants into your garden when they are ready. Check the seed packet to know when that timeframe will be as all plants differ.
Do you get your kids involved in the gardening? What will you be planting this year? For more gardening ideas, tips, and tricks, visit Gwen’s eco-gardening board on Pinterest.
Gwen Leron is a writer, a web editor, an eco blogger, and owner of —an online store that specializes in carrying the best organic, natural and eco-friendly products.