Tips for planting an organic garden with kids. You may also enjoy this post on how to plant a container garden with kids.
We are growing an organic garden this year with some help from The Home Depot – who decided to sponsor a series on organic gardening on my blog! It’s a lot of fun to have a gardening budget! We have been practicing organic gardening for the past few years, but this series is giving me a chance to get more serious about it. There are some really great ideas on the Garden Club board on Pinterest, and I love that I can get expert advice through the Garden Club Community Forum!
Mike watched the kids so I could take as much time as I wanted browsing the options at The Home Depot. Check out their all of their organic seed options! We are going to try growing organic rainbow carrots, two different kinds of sugar snap peas, and organic sunflowers from seed. The other plants I picked up as baby plants, which will help us have food we can eat a little bit sooner, so long as we don’t get an unexpected cold snap. The Bonnie Plants that I bought came in completely biodegradable, organic pots – so I could plant the pot right inside of my garden!
Every year we plant a tomato plant in this pot and then the kids build a fairy village around the base. I’m excited to see what the kids do with it this year. Gardens are wonderful for children’s imaginations, as well as fantastic educational tools!
We loosened up the soil that was left over in our planter boxes from last year, and added in compost from the fall. In previous years, I have only grown plants from seed – I’m curious to see how the seedlings fare! Besides the seeds, we planted rosemary, chocolate mint, basil, tomatoes, city salad, more sugar snap peas (my favorite food in the whole wide world), Swiss chard, and marigolds (recommended by Jen as a way of keeping pests away – and very pretty!) I skipped on squash and zucchini – we have planted those in the past, and they take up a lot of space, plus I’m the only one who really wants to eat them. I also skipped watermelon, because we tried that last year and they weren’t really ready for picking when the first frost came, so we had to eat less-than-ideally-ripe watermelon.
I have wire grids to add to the garden this weekend. We will wind the plants around the grids to encourage them to grow as tall as possible, so that we can then have as many tomatoes and peas as possible!
Do you do organic vegetable gardening? Do you have any wisdom to share with me? The things that have helped me the most so far are having a compost bin (someday I want to upgrade to a rotating one), planting in a raised bed to minimize weeds and pests, and paying attention to what plants grow best in my climate. Do you have any organic gardening tips?
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