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How to Start a Container Garden with Your Kids


| 5/17/2017 3:52:00 PM


Spring means it’s time to start a garden! New plants are popping up all over. In most parts of the country, the frost warnings are fewer and farther between. If you live somewhere with a shorter growing season, it might be worth getting a garden started. Most garden centers and even grocery stores are stocking outdoor plants, and seed displays have been out even longer.

Planning or planting your garden is a great opportunity to try getting your kids involved. They might not want to till the soil or weed your growing space, but depending on their age, you can get them interested in gardening and planting on a smaller scale. One way to do this is to start a container garden with your children. You can start growing almost anything in a small pot, and some plants will live the whole season happily in a container. To start a container garden with your kids, all you need are a container, a plant or seed and some quality potting or garden soil.

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Suitable Containers

People who landscape and garden regularly are usually awash with flowerpots and plastic seedling trays. These work well for container gardening. Pick out attractive pots or containers your child likes. Have them put their names on the pots and label what they are growing. If you don’t have flowerpots and containers lying around, you can purchase some, or use a number of other items.

Peat Pots
Peat pots are biodegradable flower pots made out of peat moss. They are normally used to start a plant, and aren’t meant to last as a permanent vessel. But they are quite sturdy and should endure weeks of watering before they deteriorate. When the plant is ready to go into the garden, you simply plant the whole pot, making sure to match the soil level of the plant with the garden. The roots of your plant will grow right through the peat pot.The pot will disintegrate and provide nutrients for the plant and the garden as it does so.



Hanging Wall Planters
Even if you don’t have a garden, you can hang one from your fence or wall. Hanging garden planters can be made with cloth or by stringing together selected containers. Look online for other options. Fill the pockets about three-quarters of the way with soil, then add your seeds or plants. The whole group can be easily watered all at once with a spray from the hose. These can dry out more quickly than plants in a garden, so check them more often. Once the plants grow, you will have a wall of color and fragrances.



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