We're really fortunate to have a large area for Minnie to play in & explore, this includes a 'gardening' area where she can dig, plant, & experiment. In the past we tried to grow vegetables in the ground, but didn't had much luck due to some very hungry wildlife, so last year we created a raised planting area & fenced off Minnie's garden to deter the munching bunnies. In return we collected a humongous crop of salad, vegetables & fruit!
Our basic layout consists of tables along the back of the house. They're not all the same height, length or width, they're just a collection of old tables that will withstand the weather. Anything could be used as a base to sit plants on, an upturned plastic container, storage box, old chair, old wheelbarrow, basically whatever you have lying around.
|Milk cartons make great planters|
|Minnie's old wellies|
|Reusable shopping bags are great for growing potatoes & onions in|
|Recycled milk containers|
|Selection of salad, herbs & peppers|
|One of our collections of homegrown loveliness which Minnie helped prepare for dinner|
|Hanging baskets offered a great place to grow tumbling tomatoes & strawberries|
Sunflowers are perfect for children to grow & can easily be grown in a flowerpot. Minnie is eagerly measuring the seedlings daily, as well as talking to them & kissing them 'good night' every evening!
If you have no available outdoor space, then indoor gardening offers a whole host of goodies that can be grown on your windowsill, or in containers hung from the ceiling! All you need is a little day light & selection of indoor seeds.
Check out the clip below for a mini guide to growing micro-veg indoors from Alys Fowler's 'The Edible Garden'
Mini green fingers can be encouraged with just a few simple, recycled, & low cost items. Who knows how many little budding gardeners there are out there...
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