Growing food at home can help your family gain an understanding of where food comes from, how it grows and the importance of healthy eating.
Another bonus- you don’t need an established veggie patch or a big backyard to do it! With Spring and the warmer weather just around the corner, why not spend some time on simple garden projects with your kids or just for yourself!
Gardening can be physically active but also promotes mindfulness and is a great way to become more aware of our surroundings and the environment. It can be rewarding and delicious to eat something you have grown at home!
The fact is that most of us rely on food bought from the supermarket. If all our food comes home in boxes, bags and plastic bags it becomes easy to forget where the food actually comes from. That’s why growing some edibles in the backyard, in a container or even on the kitchen windowsill is a rewarding way to show our kids and remind ourselves how food is naturally produced.
What you’ll need:
A tin can (washed)
Vegetable or herb seeds of your choice
An old plate
Rinse the tin can and make some tiny holes in the bottom allowing the water to drain through. Now you can fill the tin with seed-raising mix. Use a spoon to scoop the soil and make some small holes for the seeds to be sprinkled into and then cover the seeds with more soil. Use the plate to sit the tin onto so when you water it doesn’t go all over the bench! Place it near a window, ideally in the kitchen so you can keep an eye on it. Depending on the type of seeds you use, they could take a week or two to germinate. When your plants mature, why not let the kids help make a meal using some of the freshly grown produce, satisfied in the knowledge that they grew everything with their own hands.