Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day in the Garden

My brother and I started gardening with our grandmother as toddlers, and I've been actively involving Little Boo in my gardening from the time he could toddle out into the yard himself. Kids love to watch things grow. And they love to feel helpful and involved. We find this to be a fabulous activity for us to enjoy together.

Today being Earth Day I wanted to do a small project with Little Boo to mark the occasion.  So last week we went to the dollar store and he helped me pick out peat pots, a bag of soil, and some seeds. I think this was a total of $3 plus tax. Cheap fun!

I put the peat pots into an old cake pan to keep them from leaking all over the house. Little Boo used my old trowel to fill the pots. (He has his own gardening tools, but I'll be damned if I could find them in the shed today.)
He chose the pumpkin seeds to sow first. (Like his Spongebob gardening gloves? Zellers on clearance for $2. Love!)

Golden wax beans. He said they looked like they had chocolate on them. And, on the topic of Earth Day, do these seed packets really need to be so big??
Little Boo placed the seeds into the pots and I covered them with more soil and tamped them down. He watered them, and then I covered the pots with plastic wrap and placed them in indirect light near the front window. (The plastic wrap is to keep them moist and warm. Once the seedlings come up enough to touch it, it comes off.)
Now we wait and see if they germinate. I explained to Little Boo how the peat pots will break down in the garden, and how this is is helpful as we won't have to disturb the plants' roots when we put them out. I also explained (a couple of times) that we have to wait before they can go in the garden because it is still too early and cold. He is pretty eager to see the sprouting. Hence the beans. Beans and peas are always a good option for kids, because they germinate really quickly and they tend to be pretty hardy. Another good option is radishes - in my experience these veggies will grow on a rock. Ok, slight exaggeration, but they are incredibly easy to grow even in poor soil conditions. An easy way for a kid to find some success in gardening.

We'll do some more seeds later and will be planting a variety of veggies from the garden centre once the weather warms and I get the beds in shape. For now Little Boo is keeping busy with creatively displaying his rock collection:
Pretty good hey? :)

Did you do anything to mark Earth Day today? I'd love to hear about it!!


  1. We wanted to plant some things this weekend but our darn shed is stuck in the middle of a flooded yard...and I don't own rain boots ;)

  2. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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