Here are several useful tips I’ve learned so far on gardening with kids in a limited space such as balcony. It’s meant to help you make gardening with toddlers easier and more fun (check out here what we did!), both for you and the kids. Take a look!
I used hanging baskets, too in the past, but now do so only for those decorative plants that have nothing to do with our vegetable garden, because they are placed too high on ceiling hooks…
1) Use easy-to-grow vegetables.
Some of the easiest crops to grow in containers include:
- lettuce – there are many colorful lettuce mix seed packages, a lovely decoration, too!
- parsley, mint and similar herbs
- bush beans, etc.
2) Pot placement – easy to reach and observe.
3) Use seeds that spruce up quickly.
4) Plant something your toddler will love to eat
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5) Make plant watering your kid’s daily routine!
…) And make it FUN!
I know I promised 5 hints only, but let me tell you my favorite: if you look closely, you’ll notice we made tiny animals from clay and placed them into the gardening pots- in the photo below, you’ll find two piggies and a water bin in the top right corner. It’s pure fun, and our toddler is so happy to get water to the pigs – he doesn’t want them to stay thirsty (and usually he also gives them a good shower, so ‘they won’t be dirty’ 🙂
This gives an additional play perspective to gardening, and increases motivation to stick to gardening even when the initial excitement is gone.