How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids: Part 3
For this series on How To Grown A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids, I wanted to concentrate on one single vegetable in order to learn some basic gardening skills. Our tomatoes were off to a great start and we learned vital information during each stage.
- During the first phase, we learned we should have planted the seed a little deeper to prevent “leggy” tall and weak seedlings. Additionally, the soil pods used to start the seedlings indoors was a great success, they were easy to use and manageable for little kids, so I plan to use those again.
- We were so excited we made it to phase two and could transplanting our “leggy” seedlings into renewable composted cow pots. This means that when it was time to plan outside during phase 3, we could place the entire pot into the earth without disrupting the seedling too much. The seedlings continued to grow indoors and my kitchen helper loved checking on them every day. It was in phase two that I made a mistake. In an effort to provide them a “little” outdoor time to help acclimate them to future outdoor life (30 minutes to 1 hour) I accidentally forgot they were on the deck and they stayed outside too long. The six seedlings never recovered after having too much sun, shade and wind exposure.
So now phase three, my kitchen helper was still excited about growing tomatoes, he continues to say that we are going to use these tomatoes for our hamburgers. I decided to purchase some more established seedlings. We had a Earth Box planter (29″x 14″x 11″) for our deck space that we could fill with garden soil. Since tomato plant roots need space this planter would accommodate 3 seedlings. My kitchen helper loved scooping the soil, adding water and raking it evenly. He made a hole for each plant, broke up the roots a little and placed them into their new home. Fingers crossed that they adapt to their new space and thrive. Until Part 4… What are you planting this year?
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 10 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 6 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.