Spring is in the air. The flower beds around our house are filled with daffodils and yellow, white and purple hyacinth in full bloom.
The tulips are budding and the garden is begging to be planted.
The indoor garden, however, is growing happily, thanks to my son and a gift from my sister-in-law.
When we moved into our country home a little more than a year ago, we inherited a colorful variety of flowers and trees, grape vines, Marionberries, raspberries, a strawberry patch, and twelve raised garden beds.
My bio says that I enjoy gardening, which is true, but I am still definitely a beginner.
We had always wanted to plant a garden, but had not taken on the project until we moved here and the empty garden beds were staring us in the face.
We planted our first garden last year, two days before my daughter was born.
This year we have gotten an early start, thanks to a wonderful Christmas present from my sister-in-law.
The Incredible Edible Garden in a Box had everything we needed for my little boy to start his garden.
It included an egg carton, seeds, coir discs for soil and wooden nametags, all conveniently in the “box.”
It was extremely easy to do: My son put the soil in the carton, poked the holes with a pencil, planted the seeds, and put up the signs.
He is excited every morning to see how much his garden has grown.
Obviously you wouldn’t have to buy the kit to do this, although the convenience was very nice.
Inspired by my son’s little garden, we grabbed a bunch of empty egg cartons and planted several more vegetables. My garden window is full of little plants.
Last weekend my son got to help set up the irrigation system for the garden. After the last frost, we will move the plants outside to the garden where he can continue to watch them grow.
You don’t have to have your own raised beds or a lot of space for the plants from the kit. The kit we used was for growing the ingredients needed to make pizza and came with a recipe.
It is pretty fun to watch kids’ excitement as they grow their very own food and eventually get to eat it.
My favorite garden book for kids is Mercer Mayer’s book “The Green, Green Garden” from the Little Critters collection. It has been one of my son’s favorites, which makes sense because the little boy in the book is so much like him.
The book tells the story of planting and watering, growing and harvesting a garden from a child’s point of view. It has been a great reference point for my son.
By helping with the garden, I’m crossing my fingers that maybe I’ll be able to get my kids to eat some more vegetables.
If not, I’m sure they will at least eat the pizza and have some fun along the way.