by Matthew Wilson
Introduce your children to gardening with these simple steps with renowned Landscape Gardener Matthew Wilson.
Getting children to eat – and enjoy – their greens can be a challenge! One way of keeping them interested is to involve them in growing the veg they love to eat. Allowing them to follow the process from sowing seed right through to food on the plate is a great way of engaging kids in gardening, and the creative steps I’ve outlined here will keep them occupied for at least an hour or two!
Find some pots to decorate – these could be plastic pots, terracotta, yoghurt pots or food tins, as long as they have holes in the bottom for drainage. Our twins are 11 so they like using things like washi tape along with pens and ink stamps.
Decorate plant labels the same way with whatever you fancy – but don’t forget to write on the labels what it is you are sowing and the date.
Keep going until you have as many pots as you think you’ll need for the different types of veg you’re sowing.
Fill the pots with seed sowing compost and firm the compost in with your fingers.
Using a pinch of seed, sow into the pot and then cover with a fine layer of compost (check out my post for Le Chameau showing ‘what to plant now’ for more details)
My kids decided to decorate some boxes to keep their pots separate – not the best at sharing! Dylan sowed mizuna, lettuce, cornichon pickle and tomato while Amelie chose cauliflower, broccoli, green beans and peas. Put the pots on a warm windowsill and keep moist, and watch out for germination!