A kids herb garden is a great way to give with no previous exposure to gardening the opportunity to see how things grow. For a child who has grown up doing gardening chores, it’s a way to share the joy of planting and caring for a garden of their own. A child’s personal garden of herbs can be fun, yet provide rewards for work well done.
Choosing the right size and location for the garden is important. It should be small enough to allow the child to manage the entire plot. There should be enough room to allow for several different types of herbs so that the child won’t get bored or anxious when it takes a while for the plant to develop from seed. An area the size of a window box is adequate to handle several small herb plants or plots.
One way to manage the size of the herb garden is to use several small pots, one for each type of herb. You can move pots around to get better sunlight and watering opportunities when you might not be able to move a larger single container. It’s important for the child to help you choose the container, with your guidance.
You should go with your child when the herbs are selected. Try to get a variety of plants so that they don’t all look or smell alike. At the same time, curb the child’s enthusiasm if he or she wants to plant herbs that are hard to maintain and grow. Think about where the plants will be living and don’t choose plants that require partial shade if you only have plant space in direct sunlight. Choosing plants that sprout and grow quickly to maintain the level of enthusiasm initiated when the seeds are first planted.
Watering is a significant part of keeping a garden in ideal condition. Children can be taught to monitor moisture levels in a pot or other container. The responsibility learned by children who are caring for plants will stand them in good stead throughout the rest of their lives.
From planting, to watering to harvesting, a child with an interest in gardening developed through an herb garden may enjoy carrying the interest one step further and see how the herbs are used in cooking. Add a few sprinkles of basil to potatoes and zucchini. Summer savory is excellent in soups and stews or stuffing a turkey at Thanksgiving time. Thyme is another notable herb that is used in delicious dishes.
Another interest that children can gain from growing a small herb garden is that of drying the herbs for later use. Those children who enjoy craft activities can prepare packets of dried thyme or basil as gifts to a friend who enjoys gardening or cooking. You can also teach the child to take cuttings or prepare plantings to give as gifts.
Children who have the responsibility of an herb garden also get the joy of accomplishment. They can develop their creative bent in the choosing the containers and the plants. Creativity is a part of cooking with fresh herbs as well.
Tony Stevens is an herb gardening enthusiast who has grown herbs for many years and enjoys helping others get started in this amazing activity. For more great information on Kids Herb Garden. His essential ebook, “The Secrets Of Herb Gardening”, teaches newby herb gardeners everything they need to know and get started.