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? 

Resources:

What and When to Grow based on where you live in the USA

Step by Step Guide on Building Raised Garden Beds

How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids
How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids
How To Grow A Vegetable Garden With Your Kids

Product Used:

Earth Box Gardening Kit

Little Kids Gardening Gloves

Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Watering Can

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    Severien Vits May 16, 2018 (5:26 pm)

    It is lovely to read you are enjoying growing vegetables with your kid, I absolutely love it as well. It is so satisfying, especially if it works, but even if it doesn’t, the process is just so lovely! I find my kitchen window sill is too small in spring!

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      Nicole Bedard May 18, 2018 (3:16 pm)

      Thank you! My kitchen helper is so excited about the process. It’s fun to watch. Happy Spring

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    Mandy May 18, 2018 (6:52 am)

    I usually grow tomatoes, courgettes and strawberries (not had good results with the latter) with my kids. Great tips, thanks.

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      Nicole Bedard May 18, 2018 (3:17 pm)

      Nice! Anything counts. It will feel great if we grow a few tomatoes after all this effort. Thanks for stoping by!