With spring in the air and Easter well on its way, now is a great time to get your kids excited about plants! Enjoy the season and plant a kid-friendly project to get your whole family in the mood for spring.
Miniature gardening is appealing to children on many levels. Whether it is the colorful, small plants or the miniature, yet very realistic, accessories available, the allure is not to be negated. There are plenty of plants available that are ideal for using in Easter-themed miniature gardens. Pastel colored miniature cyclamen, chrysanthemum, and kalanchoes can be added into your miniature garden for splashes of blooming color. The intricate foliage of polka dot plants (hypoestes), variegated pilea and abutilon, and lime colored lysimachia and sedum will break up the monochromatic green and will enhance your garden.
Choose accessories that remind you of spring. Let your children help you decide between elaborate white benches, little bunny or chick figurines, colorful butterfly picks, brightly colored miniature gardening tools, or any other accessory that reminds your family of the season. Let the garden reflect the things that your children enjoy the most and they will get all the more excited to help you care for it!
Miniature gardens are deceptively easy to care for. Keep them moderately moist by spraying them every day with a spray bottle of water. This will add moisture to the soil without disrupting your carefully designed miniature landscape. Trim plants as necessary to help them keep their shape and small size.
Another great project to create as a family is a Living Easter Basket. Wheat grass, the same grass used in juicing, is an easy to grow, fast sprouting grass that is a perfect filler for your Living Easter Basket. You can purchase wheat grass from your local garden center, health food store and even some grocery stores.
To make your Living Easter Basket, first, find an old Easter Basket in your basement or at a second hand store. If there are wide gaps between the basket weaves, line the basket with a plastic bag or a piece of plastic wrap to prevent the dirt from seeping through the cracks. Fill with seed starting soil up to a half of an inch to the top of the basket. Thoroughly moisten the soil then evenly spread the wheat grass seed onto of the soil.
Cover the seeds for the first three days so that they do not dry out by placing a piece of plastic wrap on top of the seeds. Water lightly, twice daily. The best way to water your Living Easter Basket is to use the sprayer on your kitchen sink, setting the water to run on low. After the seeds have sprouted, remove the plastic and reduce your watering to only one time a day. Your kids (and you!) will love waking up each day to mark the progress of your young seedlings. Soon, you will have a basket overflowing with beautiful, green grass. Add some plastic Easter eggs to make your Living Easter Basket even more festive!
Living Easter Baskets are simple to make and easy to care for. Continue to water your basket once a day. If you notice the soil stays too moist or mold, simply let the soil dry out a bit more in between each time you water. To keep your basket looking fresh, simply trim the grass with scissors. Remove the cut pieces of grass so that they do not cause rot to form in your basket. An added benefit, use the cut grass in your juicer!
Don’t stop here, there are endless ways to enjoy gardening with your family. Find some that your family enjoys the most and keep the excitement of gardening growing!