Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening Article

Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening For Kids

Indoor gardening for kids is fun and it can teach children a lot about how plants grow. There are several different types of indoor gardening children can try.

One of the easiest forms of indoor gardening for kids is the root-top garden. Cut the tops off root vegetables like turnips, carrots, beets and parsnips. If the leaves are still on the vegetables, cut them off, leaving half an inch of stem. Place the root-tops on a dinner plate, with just enough water to cover the bottom. You can make your garden more attractive by covering the spaces between the root-tops with clean pebbles. Put the plate on a window sill where it will get plenty of sunlight. Remember to keep the root garden well watered. Soon leaves will begin to sprout, and in two or three weeks you will have a leafy garden.

Mustard and cress are also great for indoor gardening for kids. Put a paper towel on a dinner plate and soak it with water, then drain off any excess water. Sprinkle some cress seeds over half of the paper towel. Cover the seeds with a dry paper towel or with another plate to keep out the light. Three days later sprinkle mustard seeds on the other half of the paper towel. Keep the paper moist, but not saturated. Cover the seeds again. When the cress is about half an inch high, uncover the garden and put it on a window sill where it will get plenty of sunlight. Remember to keep the paper moist. When the cress and mustard plants are three inches high, they are ready to be used for sandwiches or salads.

Use citrus pips for indoor gardening for kids. Take the pips from oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruits. Fill some flowerpots with compost. In each flowerpot, put two or three pips just beneath the surface of the compost. Don't forget to label the flowerpots. Keep the pots in a warm, dry, airy place and keep the compost moist. In several weeks the pips will germinate. When the first shoots appear, place the pots on a windowsill where they will get plenty of sunlight. When the plants have two pairs of leaves, carefully transfer each one to its own pot. In a few months you will have little citrus trees.

Indoor gardening for kids can be done with many kinds of houseplants. It is important to read the instructions that come with the seeds or the plants, because different plants have different needs. All houseplants require compost, fertilizer, water and sunlight, but some need more or less than others. Spray the plants with water from time to time, and wipe dust off the leaves. You can turn any room in your home into an indoor garden.