Gardening with Kirstie – growing herbs for kids!

What you need:

  • An apron for you and the kids
  • Large bag/bucket of clean compost
  • Set of children’s gardening tools
  • Window box – wood or metal
  • 4 or 5 fresh herbs from the garden or potted from the supermarket
  • 1 watering can or large jug of water

What to do:

Cover your kitchen table with old newspaper to avoid mess from the compost, and you should all wear aprons as you’re bound to get mucky!

  1. Take your window box and pierce holes in the bottom. This will help water to drain out.
  2. I like to let the kids fill the boxes half full with fresh compost, they love getting their hands dirty
  3. Next, trowel through the compost to allow lots of air to flow through the soil.
  4. Once half full, get the kids to choose some herbs from the garden, or simply remove the herbs from their pots ready to plant inside the box.
  5. Each box should contain about 5 plants. Some of my favourites are Basil, Mint, Chives, Coriander, Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano and Sage.
  6. Once you and your kids have chosen your herbs and arranged them in your box, allow them to fill the box up to the top and pack in the rest of the compost.
  7. Finally – the fun part – grab a watering can and sprinkle with water! Remember to choose a place for your herbs which has lots of natural sunlight.

Why not get the kids busy with another activity and customise your window box with paint, decoupage or pretty ribbons?

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