Winter project with the kids
The cold winter season is upon us. Depending on where you live, maybe more there than not right now. But, it's no time to forget about gardening because there's lots you can do indoors that's fun for both kids and grown-ups!
Indoor Container Gardens are a great way to keep the green going in the dreary winter months and are a perfect activity for snow days and winter breaks. We're bringing you one here from Kids' Container Gardening, a choice pick from the Lloyd's children's book collection.
First off, what's a succulent? They are desert plants with fleshy leaves (think water-filled). They come in a variety of forms and include cacti (did you know, all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti?) Cacti are a little trickier to plant, so if you choose some of those for your potted garden, be sure to have an adult or teenager around to assist because cacti prickles can hurt.
- Clay or other pot with bottom - pot should have a drainage hole (flatter pots work nicely with this project - you can even decorate your own - which is a whole other project!)
- Gravel or broken clay pieces to cover over the pot hole, and slow (but not stop) the drainage
- Soil (regular potting or special cacti/succulent soil)
- Sand (it helps with moisture control and mimics the natural environment)
- A selection of succulent plants - they come in a variety of colors, textures, and appearances - mix it up for some fun and visual appeal
- Cover the hole in the bottom of your pot with the broken tiles or gravel/rock pieces
- Fill the container about halfway with soil
- Place your succulents in the pot (if you haven't arranged them already in the small pots they came in, then you might leave them potted so you can easily move them around until they are configured in a way that you like)
- Once you're happy with your layout, remove the plants from their original pots and place them on the soil in your larger pot. (They won't be steady yet, so don't worry if they topple over - you'll be adding stabilizer soon)
- Add your sand - place a ring of sand around each plant and smoosh it around to get the plants in an upright position; add more sand to the level where the roots and stems meet
- Water - GENTLY - you want to be rain for your plants, so holding your fingers under a slow water stream will spread the water around better and be more natural
- Find a sunny spot for you pot! And, water sparingly, perhaps once a week or a little less.
For these and more great gardening ideas with your kids (your own, your students, your grandkids, etc.), check out these and other great titles at the Lloyd!
Search the Lloyd Catalog in advance of your visit, or just come on in and browse!
(click here for more information about the stories - for parents and caregivers)