Winter doesn’t have to mean kids have to stay indoors, on the less chilly days, time in the garden can do moms and kids some good. While keeping the kids entertained and teaching some them some nifty skills, gardening can be great for kids. So let’s throw on a jacket and a beanie and get our hands dirty!
The soil may be dry and the grass dusty, but now is the perfect time to get stuck in the garden for maintenance and planting in the veggie garden. Weeding, neatening the beddings and composting are some winter maintenance must-do’s. The cold dry months of winter mean it’s time to sew some veggie seeds. Some winter loving veggies include:
Here are some suggestions:
- Spring onion
- Micro greens
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Spinach or Swiss Chard
- Broad Beans
Find some old pots around garage or garden, or pop passed 4 Seasons and snag some lovely terracotta pots, lay down some newspaper on the grass and have your kids get creative with some paint! The kids can paint pictures, patterns or shapes, or just about anything. Wait for them to dry, and then fill 3/4 full with some potting soil and plant whatever your heart desires! Keeping a plant alive is a great responsibility for kids too, so be sure to instruct them on the watering procedure and place the pot in the right spot for sun/shade.
An indoor window sill garden with little flowers, herbs or veggies can be a wonderful way to bring the garden indoors for the winter. All you need is a rectangular planter and your child’s choice of herbs or indoor flowers to plant it up, a trip to 4 Seasons can be a fun outing for your little one during winter. Be sure to pop into Crazy Daisy for a yummy hot-chocolate too!
MAKE A BIRD FEEDER
Winter is the perfect time for birds, making them a home and can be a great crafty taks and a rewarding one once a feathered family moves in! You can make a bird feeder or bird house at home out of just about anything, coffee cans, PVC pipes, 2litre Coke bottles and you can find some more inspiration right on Pinterest too! Here are a few ideas.
Composting with your kids may not sound as exciting as you think, but for the you get ones it can be fascinating once you add earthworms! Making your own compost an amazing way to use leftover food scraps and organic waste, and in addition adding some nutrients to your soil during winter. You can buy yourself a composting bin from 4 Seasons, or make your own using a plastic drum, bin or crate. Thereafter get your kids to start collecting food scraps – egg shells, fruit peel, old leaves and fruit and veggie waste. Add them to the heap and watch it breakdown over time. When ready, get to adding the earthworms and watch the most amazing compost being made naturally. Get the full how-to guide here –
MAKE A MINI GARDEN
Miniature gardens are so much fun for kids, while winter can be boring indoors, get your kids to spend some time outside in the warm sun. You can build a mini garden in just about any container – be it an old pot, wheelbarrow, old bath, crate, vase or broken pot like this one! Fill the container with potting soil and drainage soil like river-sand, then your kids can plant little succulents and mini cacti, moss, peace-in-the-home and dainty flowers. Add pebbles and sand to create pathways, then you can also try making DIY ornaments from odds and ends from around the house. If you want you can even add little fairies and magical ornaments to the display to make it look like a fairy garden! We have a whole range of these fairies at 4 Seasons!