Now that spring has arrived and there’s more chance of being able to get out in the garden, enjoy some fresh air, and all the other delights that accompany these things we thought that you might want to get the little ones involved with a bit of cultivation in the form of a mini allotment. It’s a great way to help children learn and observe how seeds grow into plants, as well as gaining knowledge on building awareness of vegetables depending on the season etc.
You need absolutely no experience in this sort of thing, so don’t panic if you’re not so green fingered yourself! It’s also not overly time consuming or hazardous, but lots and lots of fun! What’s more, this can be done both indoors and out, so if outdoor space is an issue, you can get cultivating in the kitchen!
Before you get started, you’ll need the following:
- Labels and pencil
- Recycled containers and old trays
- Seed and cutting compost
- Vegetable seeds (microgreens)
- Weed suppressant material
- Watering can with rose (not essential)
Follow these simple steps to mini allotment success:
- Find a container that’s big enough to hold the crops you want to grow and make sure there are some drainage holes in it.
- If you’ve got your hands on a container like a fruit crate, for example, you’re probably best off lining it with weed suppressant fabric to stop the compost falling out.
- Next, you need to fill the container with seed or cutting compost and make sure it’s nice and level.
- Select the microgreen seeds you want to plant and track the instructions on the packet.
- Once planted, you need to label the seeds or you won’t remember what’s coming out the ground! It’s best to put them in rows so they aren’t muddled with other varieties.
- Next up, you need to give your crops some water. Ideally you want to water them using a watering can with a rose, letting the water drain through, but if not, use a jug and pour evenly through a sieve.
- You’ll need to put the mini allotment on a windowsill or a similar location so that it’s nicely safe and secure.
- Check the mini allotment regularly and if when the compost becomes dry just give it a little water again.
- Allow your crops between 10 and 25 days to grow and then harvest.
- Taste the fruits of your labour in a delicious meal!
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- Collect several recycled containers so that you can grow several mini allotments at the same time with a whole range of crops, depending on the space you have of course!
- If you’re after some quick-growing veg so that little ones don’t lose interest too quickly, try planting broccoli, broccoli, cabbage, cress, kale, radish, mustard, and pak choi.
The good thing about these cool mini allotments is that they not only teach children how to grow their own food, they can also bring them along on glamping UK trips if they want to keep an eye, or try some of what they’ve grown while they’re away!
We would love to see how you get on with these, so please send us your pictures of your home-made mini allotments to our Facebook page.