Since children will be housebound for a few weeks more why not introduce them to indoor gardening. It’s inexpensive, easy, and the finished product is amazing! If you don’t want to purchase seed starting planters, they can be made from throw away containers. Just drill holes in the bottom for drainage. Sunshine is key to growing, and you’ll want to rotate the planter in a sunny window on a regular basis. Follow directions on the seed packets. Sometimes the planters come with lids to keep moisture inside.
Once the plant has grown, it can be transplanted into a large pot or garden. The end results will excite your children and encourage them to do this again.
If you don’t have a garden area, patio planters not only work well for flowers but many people plant different types of vegetables and tomatoes in the them. How convenient to step out the back door and pick a tomato for salads. 🙂
Vegetables can be shared with neighbors, the elderly, or shut-ins. Cut flowers and flower pots can cheer someone recovering at home, and make wonderful birthday and Mother’s Day gifts.
Below are blackberry lily seeds that I dried through the winter. I was given a plant by a friend last year and hope to start seeds and present starter pots to my friends this year. The picture next to it is the bloomed blackberry lily from my perennial garden.
Encourage your children to get back-to-nature. They’ll love the harvest.