Kids´ Vegie Pots
Hey kids, why not create your own vegetable patch in colourful pots. They taste better when you´ve grown them yourself and you can give some to people you love.
Here´s what you´ll need:
- Three large lightweight pots or bowls. We used Northcote Pottery´s brightly coloured ´Fusion´ Bowls.
- Plants Plus or Earthcore Potting mix (enough to fill all of your pots)
- Kids Garden Gloves
- Earthcore Trowel and Fork
- A mix of your favourite vegetables
Try these tasty varieties:
- Tomato ´Tommy Toe´ - lots of sweet cherry style tomatoes. Pop them straight in your mouth!
- Tomato ´Tomatoberry´ - sweet strawberry shaped fruit perfect for lunchbox snacks.
- Tomato ´Pink Pearl´ - cherry-sized pink fruit over a long season
- Tomato ´Green Zebra´ - Green and yellow striped fruit. Slice these tomatoes up and put them in your school sandwiches. You´ll really get the other kids talking!
- Pumpkin ´Baby´ - mini bright orange pumpkins on a mini bush
- Silverbeet ´Rainbow´ - These have brightly coloured stems and they are pretty and tasty!
- Lettuce ´Mini Ice-cube´ - mini iceberg lettuce with 10 cm heads
- Broccoli ´Magic Dragon´ - a dwarf broccoli perfect for pots.
- Cauliflower ´Mini White´ - cute miniature cauliflower. Ideal for containers
Don´t forget to grow some tasty herbs too like basil, thyme and oregano. They are great on Pizzas!
Arrange your pots in a sunny spot. Vegies like lots of sunshine.
- Fill the pots almost to the top with potting mix. Don´t forget to wear your gardening gloves!
- Get planting! The bigger the pots you choose, the more vegies you can grow. Read the back of the labels to see how far apart you should plant your vegie seedlings. Leave them room to grow.
- Why not make your own garden signs! We used plastic plates, old ice-cream lids and water-proof markers to create ours. See what fun designs you can come up with! Get your friends to help.
- Watch your vegies grow - measure how much bigger they get from week to week. You might even like to keep a diary. But keep an eye out for pesky slugs and snails. You don´t want them eating your vegies before you do.
Water and liquid feed your potted patch regularly and you´ll be rewarded with a big crop of tasty vegies. You might even like to cook the family dinner with vegies you´ve grown yourself!
The bigger the pots you choose, the more vegies you can grow. Read the back of the labels to see how far apart you should plant your vegie seedlings. Leave them room to grow.