Tis the season to start thinking about gardening outside again! I have some very random ideas to share (budget-friendly and earth-friendly). These ideas all involve reusing things (again, teaching our kids to recycle!)
- toilet paper rolls
tube. Don’t worry about sealing it up, it’s just meant to create a base for the planter and will decompose more easily later. Spoon dirt into the “planter” so that it’s about 2/3 full…plant a seed or two! I used cardboard recycled pasta boxes to store these little tube planters in, so they don’t fall over and you can move them around the house so they are in the sun. Hopefully once they sprout and look strong, you can plant them into pots or the ground and have some success!
Personal Raised Beds:
If you have the space in your yard, giving the kids their own bit of earth is another idea. Last summer I gave my 4- and 5-year-olds each their own 3′ x 5′ raised beds. They planted snap peas, lettuce, and corn. It was a great lesson in responsibility and stewardship. All you need is some old scrap wood to screw together the perimeter of whatever shape and area you need. We added a brick tile in the middle so the kids could weed without stepping on their plants. It’s also easy to sit by the edge for weeding when the bed is raised. I plan on raking out new beds for them again soon for them to plant all their seeds that have sprouted from the toilet paper rolls!