What You Need:
- Assortment of herbs such as basil, thyme, and oregano
- Window box or flower pot
- Potting soil
What You Do:
- Have your child fill the bottom of the container with pebbles or gravel. This will help the soil drain so that the plants never sit in standing water.
- Next, have him cover the gravel with several inches of potting soil. Getting a little messy is half the fun!
- Now, show him how to slip the plants out of their pots. Help him scoop a hollow into the soil in the planter and then add the plants one at a time. Explain that the plants you'll grow are not only edible, but are actually the herbs that taste best on pizza!
- After all of the plants are in the pot or planter, fill in any gaps between the plants with additional potting soil.
- Finally, have him put the planter in a bright location. If possible, herbs like several hours of direct sun per day.
- Encourage your child to make a calendar that reminds him to give the plants a little water each day. Watering is crucial for the garden's continued growth, but it's also a good exercise for him to practice dedication and get used to having a big responsibility!
If you snip a bit here and there from the plants, they will continue to grow all summer long. So, don't feel bad about gathering what you need to make mini-bagel pizzas. To do this, place sliced mini-bagels on a cookie sheet or baking stone. Add a small amount of tomato sauce. Sprinkle with chopped herbs. Add some mozzarella cheese and heat in the oven until the cheese is bubbly. Be careful; they’ll be hot ... but yummy!