Plant a Fail-Safe Veggie Garden
What happens when you give kids dirt, a shovel, and a squirting hose? Chances are, a big mess, and a lot of fun. Now, with summer here, you can add even more delight—and some lasting science lessons too—by throwing seeds into the mix. With just a few inexpensive supplies, you and your child can plant a first vegetable garden together.
Gardening, of course, offers endless possibilities. For children, though, it's best to start small, with quick, hardy plants. And you don't need a huge backyard to do it. This easy, “brown thumb-proof” garden fits in a patio planter. Get ready for happy mess!
What You Need:
- Rectangular planter, at least 2-3’ long, 8” high, and 10-12” wide.
- 1 seed packet each: radishes, lettuce, nasturtium, and sugar snap peas (look for the dwarf/bush variety, which stand alone).
- 1 large bag of potting soil (enough to fill your planter)
- Watering can
- Flat sticks for labels