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Gardening for children: a great idea for entertaining your kids

Summer is the perfect time for everything to grow. In this article, we'll show you how gardening at home can be a fun and educational way to entertain your children. It doesn't matter if you don't have a garden or live in a flat in the city. You can create an urban garden! In addition, caring for the garden will let them reconnect with nature and instil positive values.

At-home composting


To begin with, we must make a list of everything that we'll need to start teaching our little ones the art of gardening. The basics will be: compost, seeds, sowing containers, a watering can and perhaps a small greenhouse.

Compost can be obtained naturally at home if you use organic food scraps. All you'll need is a specific container for organic waste. You can also use coffee grounds as plant nutrition.

Ah! Don't throw away stubs or stems from carrots, beets, onions, lettuce or the like, because they can be used to germinate new vegetables.

How to grow without seeds


Even when most of the vegetable has been cooked and eaten, it can often sprout and regrow with just a part of the stem. There are many vegetables, fruits and plants you can recover and grow back at home with their scraps. For example, you can grow garlic, celery, pineapple, avocado, tomato, carrots, basil, coriander or aloe vera, among many others. All you need to do is place a small piece of the vegetable or plant in a small flowerpot filled with soil and water. Then just wait and see which ones take new root.

For your children to help you with all these tasks, you need to make it easy for them. The kitchen worktop is sure to be an ideal work space, but it certainly isn't the right height for your children. You can help them reach it with a stool. Having somewhere to sit while checking how your mini garden is coming along is also a plus.

How to make cuttings in water


You can try out other ways to grow and germinate your plants. For example, if you put leeks, onions or Jerusalem artichokes in water, they can produce new roots and continue to grow. Children can add smiley faces to see how some interesting hairstyles and hats develop!

Plant the seeds of your vegetables


If using scraps to grow vegetables is no longer enough for your children and they're looking for something more, try planting pepper or tomato seeds! Simply remove the seeds from your vegetables and let them dry in the sun for a few days. Then put them in a pot with earth, substrate and water and wait for the magic to happen! If the pot is very small, you'll need to transfer the plan to a larger one once it reaches a decent size.

An urban garden inside the house


Once you've finished planting and have cleaned the kitchen, you can place your home garden near natural light to let it grow—for example, on a trolley. Place a floor protector underneath to avoid possible spillage and to make cleaning easy. Leave room for a bottle of water or a watering can and coffee grounds for your daily care duties!

A small indoor greenhouse


Another great option to keep your urban garden tidy and stylish at home is to use a small greenhouse like this one. You can place it in the kitchen, on a window sill or on a shelf in the living room, though always at the right height for your kids to keep a close eye on things. Once the plants begin to grow, you can mark their progress (with non-permanent ink), and see how things are changing day by day. It could be a school project in the making?

If you think it will be difficult to create an urban garden, here's a quick video in which we explain how.

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