Summer is here, and for my 10 year old cousin Ari Kleinhendler, that means breaking out his green thumb and starting his very own vegetable garden on his back porch.
Gotta love this kid! – For the last 3 years or so, he has planted this garden, starting with some tomatoes and cucumbers the first year and slowly increasing his Porch garden to include everything from eggplants, green beans, zucchini and even hot peppers.
As his cousin, I have watched him every summer diligently making sure his plants were watered and fertilized, preciously babying them until they mature and then gleefully picking his vegetables and proudly presenting them to his mother who will then incorporate them into a delicious meal.
Ari has gotten all his friends in the neighborhood hooked on checking his plants each day to see their progression. By watching these curious little faces glow with excitement you can just tell how all the kids are loving this project and are learning so much from such a simple project everyone can try to do.
So all you Moms out there who are looking for a great project -it is really not to late to start your kids off on their own Porch Vegetable Garden! With a little bit of your help and guidance – your entire family will have a great time and reap all the delicious rewards that this project will give. Not only will you create little Green thumbs in your family, you might actually get some of them to eat their vegetables on a regular basis!
And for all you KS Kids out there – send us video or emails of great projects that you like to do during the summer – We will post so other kids can see! email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Ari talk about his Porch Garden – (it’s his first time on camera and a little shy – but he did awesome!)
Ari K. Answers Your Questions on Growing Your Own Kid Vegetable Garden:
Where do you get your seeds and plants?:
Vegetable seeds are sold in packets in many of your local grocery store food chains – just check the flower section. For plants, you can go to your local garden Nursery or stores like Lowes, Home Depot and the odd Wallmart that has a garden section. They also sell seeds.
What can I plant and when do I start?:
Depending on when you start – Mother’s Day (eary june) is usually the best day to start – otherwise ask the experts at your Nursery or Lowes when the best time would be. Also many seeds have full descriptions as well as details on the back of the pack when the best time is for that plant as well as great instructions.
Vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, carrots, cucumbers, peppers (all varieties), hot peppers, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage and radishes are all great plants to include in your garden
Why do I need to plant this garden on my porch?
The reason we plant on our porches is keep those sneaky little animals from eating all our delicious produce. If you do not have a porch, you can plant some of these vegetables in window boxes or hanging baskets.
How old do I have to be to start my own garden?
There is no real age that you have to be in order to start your garden. Just remember that you need to be very responsible and must remember that your plants need your tender loving care. Which means that you MUST water them everyday and fertilize then every other week to get those vegetables to grow. Take a poster board and make a list of all the things you need to do – like water, fertilize -that you can check off everyday to make sure you never forget. Hang it in your room on your door, so every morning you will see it before you go down for breakfast.
Ask your local Lowes or Nursery what potting soil would be best for your Vegetables – Usually a good quality potting soil is all you need. That, some water and a little fertilizer like Miracle Grow will give you the edge.
Have fun and get your friends and family to help you out – they will love to eat your vegetables!