With the weather cooling down and long weekends ahead, now is the perfect time to start a family gardening project! It’s a great place to start educating kids on how food is grown and can be a fun outdoor family activity for everyone.
Prepare Your Garden
Pick your spot where you would like to start! Get the kids to help you weed and tidy up before adding any new additions to the garden. If you’re planting a garden bed – this is great time to add air to the soil, which in turn, will help plant growth!
Create a simple Garden Bed
Setting up a garden bed is easy and quick with our Raised Garden Bed range. There are no tools, bolts or screws required and its modular design can be arranged to fit any outdoor space. Place it on paving or a patch of grass, once assembled the fun begins – planting! If you need a hand installing your garden bed or choosing a soil type, check out our Vegetable Planting blog!
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👩🏼🌾🧑🏾🌾👨🏻🌾 The grade 5/6 students started their garden journey today by installing their own ‘no dig’ garden beds in our school garden as part of their Garden Lessons during the @sakgf program • these will fully be looked after by the students, no help from the adults • problem solving skills probably needed some work, but they got there in the end! 🍃🌱🥬 #stephaniealexanderkitchengarden #veggiegarden #sakgp #sustainableliving #sustainability #vegetables #iteachfifth #iteachsixth #iteachtoo #aussieteachertribe #teachersfollowteachers #food #cooking #teacherlife #lessonplans #lifeskills
Being able to grow your own fruit and vegetables is a great way to teach kids about food nutrition and where produce comes from. Big and bright coloured flowers or tasty fruit and veggies are also a fun reward for all their hard work in the garden! We recommend choosing plants that are easy and quick to grow such as Snap Peas, Sunflowers, Radishes, Marigolds, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Carrots and Pansies.
Raise Seeds in a Greenhouse
Watching seeds grow can be a very rewarding experience for adults and children alike! Its a great way to teach kids about plant life cycles, germination and where food comes from. Having a Greenhouse is an inexpensive way to have seedlings all year round and keep your garden beds full. A Greenhouse will protect them from harsh elements such as rain and wind – while keeping them warm in the cooler months. If you need further information about propagating seeds check out our blog below.
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If you aren't saving newspaper📰 for umm..personal hygiene then reuse it in the greenhouse. 🌱 Thickish layers under your seed trays soaked wet helps your trays from drying out 🙌👍. Sometimes sitting in a tray of water is too much and our trays are perforated anyaway. Perfect solution. . Give it a try 😎. . . . . #SMARTGARDENER #fromseed #gardenhack #growsomethinggreen #growfood #seedlings #greenhouse #homegrown #reuserecycle #waronwaste #sustainability #gardening
Create a Herb Garden
If you’re renting or have a small outdoor space then a GreenWall is a great alternative for your family to create a vertical garden. It’s easy to install, just make sure to make it little lower so kids can reach it! It’s the ideal set up for teaching kids how to grow, harvest, prepare and share seasonal herbs and food at home. Grow up to six or more varieties or herbs or plants with our Vertical Planting Kit, or use a Mobile GreenWall – it can be wheeled around the garden to follow the sun or shade.
Watering Your Plants
Watering is one of the simplest but most enjoyable parts of gardening! Getting your kids a small watering can will make them feel more involved and teach them about long term plant care. Our 1.8L Watering Can is perfect for smaller hands and has two handles for better balance.
Keep the Kids Safe!
Kids love to be hands on in any project, so getting them their own set of gardening gloves and (if they’re old enough) a small spade is a great way they can feel involved in your gardening project whilst keeping them out of trouble. Gardening organically to avoid chemicals is recommended and make sure to always put on a hat and sunscreen even in the shade!