There are many things we can do to encourage children to enjoy nature. Growing a garden is one of them. Making it fun is another. Choosing the right garden could be your secret weapon in getting the kids out in nature.
Upcycling is the new buzz word. It’s the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. This broken toaster was rubbish and now turned into a funky little plant holder. Find out more about the 10 R’s of sustainable living here.
Container gardening can be a fun way to bring colour and visual depth into your garden. They are a great solution for small urban spaces such as balconies and small backyards. It is a great way to upcycle all the ‘stuff’ you don’t need or want anymore.
When planting in containers:
- Use a soil mixture suitable for pots. Garden soil compacts very fast in containers so make a mix of well matured compost, sand and soil. Coconut shell fibers can be placed in the container to maintain moisture. Sand is important for maintaining drainage, but if your soil is already sandy, skip the sand.
Inevitably, over time, the nutrients in this soil will be consumed by the plants. So every few months use a little bit of natural fertiliser or worm juice to give the soil a boost.
Remember that during summer plants the containers may need extra water as the pots dry easily.
If you don’t have many pots, you can buy them cheap at the tip shop or charity shops. I find that using a good diversity of pots whether small, big, colourful, plain, odd shapes is lots of fun for kids. Look for any objects that can become fun container gardens. read more about how you can Garden Everything so that Everything Gardens!