Healthy Children - June 2012

 

Growing an Herb Garden

What better time to grow your own vegetables, produce, or herbs, than in the summertime! As we teach kids to “go green” and learn more about appreciating their environment, we can show them easy ways to do this. Here is a simple “recipe” for how you and your child can grow an herb garden. Once the herbs have bloomed you can use them to make delicious and healthy meals for the entire family.

Materials
Assorted herb seeds
Small clay flower pots
Potting soil
Popsicle sticks
Directions
1. Fill the pots three-fourths full with potting soil.
2. Pour water on top to moisten the soil.
3. Sprinkle five or six seeds on top of the soil and lightly cover with more potting soil.
4. Label popsicle sticks with the name of the herb and insert sticks in the appropriate pots.
5. Place pots on a window ledge.
6. They will not take long to germinate.
7. Keep the soil moist.
8. After the herbs are a few inches high, they can be snipped and added to food dishes.
9. Later, the herb plants can be transferred to the garden.
10. Good herbs to include are lemon balm, mint, parsley, chives, thyme, basil, and scented geraniums.

 

Note: If popsicle sticks are not available, cut narrow strips from a plastic milk carton. Make pointed ends and label with an indelible marking pen.

References: Growing an Herb Garden. Family Education. Accessed via the World Wide Web on May 31, 2008. http://fun.familyeducation.com/activity/plants/39460.html