If you are looking for a fun family weekend project, I would suggest trying container gardening. This is something the entire family will enjoy doing together because it appeals to all ages. It’s an easy, fun and inexpensive way for the family to spend some quality time together. And you will continue to enjoy watching your garden grow and flourish, knowing that you each took part in developing your family garden.
To get started, make a list of the things you will need to start your container garden. They should include: containers, plants, dirt and some small gardening tools. Now you need to choose the area were you will put your garden. This is one of the great things about this alternative way to garden; you can have a very small area and still grow whatever you like. A small balcony, a window box or a front porch can all be transformed into a beautiful and useful area. You may want to grow flowers, vegetables, herbs or a mix of all. If you are including children, you may want to look up some plants or take them to the garden center and let them choose their very own plants. Children will enjoy being included in the entire process, including the care of the garden once it is in place.
So with your list and some ideas in place, it’s time to load up the family and head to a home and garden center. You can start with seeds or small plants. There should be instructions on each that will tell you how large the plants will get and the ideal conditions they will grow in. You may want to find an experienced worker and explain to them that you are starting a container garden; they can be a font of information. They can also help you with decisions such as types of soil and fertilizers and information about the plants you choose.
Once you have all of the materials needed for your container garden, the real fun begins. Even big kids like to play in the dirt! You should place the containers in the areas you think you would like them. Then just plant the seeds or the plants and enjoy watching your garden grow. Soon you will have grown beautiful plants. You can now make fresh salads or a bright floral bouquet to add nature and beauty anywhere.
Most people who try container gardening get hooked right away. Once you see how easy the whole process is and how the whole family enjoys it, you will probably be expanding your garden every year. You really don’t need acres of land and farm equipment to enjoy gardening. Just a little time and imagination and you can grow your ideas anywhere.
I hopefully have inspired you to try container gardening as a family project. In this day and age when family time is so rare and budgets are low, we all need ideas that will keep our families close and connected. So enjoy!