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Saturday, April 13, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Our new container garden has two tomato and one sweet pepper plant in it.
We planted a garden!  As you can see by the photo, it is a very small garden.  It has two tomato plants and a sweet pepper plant in it.  Yesterday, Mom planted some lettuce seeds in between the three larger plants.  When everything grows, we can make a salad!

One of our tomato plants already has baby tomatoes growing!
Our garden is called a container garden.  The blue bag is a special bag made just for gardens.  But you can plant a garden in all sorts of things.  You can plant your garden in a flower pot or a bucket.  You can even plant your garden in an old boot or wagon.

Plants need three things to grow:  dirt, sunshine, and water.  Before you plant your garden, you need to find a place that gets plenty of sunshine.  Most plants need about six hours of sunshine every day.

Where do you have sunshine at your home?  You can grow a container garden on your patio.  You can grow a garden on your porch or balcony.  We have friends who grow a tiny garden on their kitchen windowsill!

If you would like to start a garden, here are some wonderful gardening guides:  
You can also check out some great books about gardening at your library:

  • Green Thumbs: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening, by Laurie Carlson 
  • Grow Your Own Pizza, by Constance Hardesty 
  • Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy 1999 Workman Publishers
  • The Kids Can Press: Jumbo Book of Gardening, by Karyn Morris