If you are at home with your children during the pandemic, there are ways you can find time to improve your landscape for spring while simultaneously engaging and educating your children. You can take the time now to plant a vegetable or flower garden with your children and spend the rest of the season, teaching them the valuable skills needed to create a beautiful landscape. Read on to learn how you can create an exciting opportunity for your children this spring.
Choose an Ideal Garden Location
When deciding where to add your family’s new garden spot to your landscape, you should select the location carefully. For optimal results, choose a sheltered spot near a water source that will receive at least six hours of sunlight and supply the garden plot with fertile soil. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to a raised flower bed or garden plot, you can improve your landscape in a simpler way by arranging an assortment of flower pots in which to grow new seedlings.
Let Your Kids Create a Design
You can give your kids a valuable sense of ownership and responsibility by letting them design the arrangement of their portion of your landscape. With your knowledgeable guidance, they can decide where to grow each plant or where to place any flowers or herbs they want to grow. Before planting, have them do research on the internet for specific growth habits of different plants to help with proper arrangement in the garden.
Select Easy-to-Grow and Rewarding Plants
Your kids will have more fun growing their garden this year if their plants do well, and they have tasks to do throughout the season. Because of this, we recommend planting easy-to-grow vegetables that can be picked frequently like carrots, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers. You can also add marigolds or mint to encourage friendly pollinators and to give the plot extra color and fragrance. You can also add the classic sunflower, the enormous blossoms of which always impress young gardeners.
Let Kids Use Real Tools
While kid-friendly plastic tools are available, these often are not effective for real gardening. Teaching your kids how to use gardening tools correctly will give your children a sense of accomplishment, and they will appreciate that they get to use the same tools as you. It will also give them a life-long skill.
Keep Gardening Through the Season
Kids will learn the most by following the entire life cycle of their plants. Don’t stop teaching them after planting their seeds, but remind them to water their plants, remove weeds, and finally harvest any vegetables.
Enjoy Your Harvest
The most exciting part of vegetable gardening is getting to enjoy the finished product! Homegrown veggies are good for your family, and they will be excited to eat something that they grew themselves.
You can contact the landscape experts at Scientific Plant Service throughout the season to make sure your children’s landscape designs remain healthy and bountiful.
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Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!