Spring is the perfect time to get children of all ages interested in gardening, or just growing things in general.
You don’t need a large backyard to get started, if you live in an apartment then a few pots or a window box can produce surprising results.
Even if you don’t have any space at all outside, there are plenty of indoor gardening projects you can complete with your children which will yield pretty flowers, interesting plants and even yummy things to eat.
Here are three of our favorite indoor gardening projects to do with children:
Grow a lemon tree
This is a long term project which does require patience as well as quite a bit of attention, but it is easy to get started. Simply take the pips from a lemon (preferably an organic Meyer lemon) and soak them in warm water for a day or two, then plant in a small container with quality compost.
Keep the pot moist at all times and in a warm place where it will receive plenty of sunlight and within a few weeks you should see your seeds sprout.
Continue to grow your tree, planting up into a bigger pot when it outgrows it old one and one day, all your love and attention may actually be rewarded with lemons!
Even if your lemon tree doesn’t fruit, it will give off a lovely zesty aroma.
If you wanted a project that was much faster and could be repeated regularly then a window sprouting box could be the thing for you!
Often when we plants things we have no idea what’s going on under the soil and only see what’s happening with the plant above ground, once it sprouts.
This Sprout and Grow Window Kit is great for showing how root vegetables grow and best of all, once you’ve completed the project you can eat your vegetables for dinner!
The kit can be used time and time again to grow the onion, radish and carrots seeds provided and you can experiment with other types of seeds you want to see grow.
If you’re not particularly green fingered and have a habit of killing house plants by forgetting to water them, then perhaps a cactus garden might be better suited to help your children to learn about how plants grow.
With 20 different types of cactus seeds – some of which will sprout within a week, this fast growing cacti arrangement needs minimal care once established.
This glow in the dark cacti kit is great for children’s bedrooms and will provide a real talking point when they have friends over for playdates!