Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Gardening with kids: planting basil

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planting basil with kids

Both Hilary and I have little girls who LOVE basil! My daughter will singlehandedly strip a basil plant and eat it standing right there. Then beg for more.

She is the Godzilla of basil plants, I swear I can see them quiver when she comes near. She has no remorse!


So while I was idly browsing through Miracle Gro's The Gro Project looking for fun gardening ideas, inspiration hit. Basil! I could have the girls plant their own basil, enough that hopefully they can snack on it and still have some left over for me to cook with.
We used some really simple materials for this project, because I wanted to use re-purposed things as much as I could for this project. Nothing like teaching gardening and recycling at the same time!

planting basil with kids

We used an old egg carton for some of our starts, as well as six tin cans. I also used Miracle-Gro Organic Choice potting soil, as well as their All Purpose Plant Food. I like my plants to grow quickly, dang it! We don't need basil in six months, we need basil, STAT!
The girls used spoons to gently scoop potting soil into the egg carton. And by gently I mean that dirt got everywhere! But that's the fun of gardening, right? Gettin' dirty!

planting basil with kids

They put their seeds into each egg cup by the pinch and stirred them in with one finger:

planting basil with kids

That's all for the starts! So easy!


Then we filled the tin cans about 1/2 full with rocks, then spooned potting soil mixed with Shake’n Feed All Purpose Plant Food. The rocks help the soil to drain, as well as cutting back on the amount of potting soil needed. Then they sprinkled on some more seeds:

planting basil with kids

Then I added about 1 tsp of Miracle Gro plant food to the girl's watering cans, and they very carefully watered all of their seeds. (This was their favorite part, they love watering things!)

planting basil with kids

The egg carton starts got set in our kitchen windowsill, and the tin cans got set into the rock bed off the side of our house. I really like how it looks! It will be really cute when the basil plants actually grow, and they'll be really easy to prune and harvest:

planting basil with kids
Love it!
If you're looking for ideas for fun, easy garden projects you can check out Miracle Gro's Gro Project for yourself. It's a great resource for beginning gardeners, and there are tons of fun garden projects! I got lost for a long time checking out all the fun things you can do!




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14 comments:

  1. You've got some great helpers there it looks like. :) Good luck w/the project, I love that it's that time of year again!!

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  2. they seemed to have had fun doing this project! :-)

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    1. They loved it! Now if only the seeds would hurry up and sprout...we want basil!

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