Kindergardening is our family blog and has been born out of the passion we have as parents to give our children a childhood emersed in the wonders of nature. We want to help other families do the same and it is here that we share our gardening ideas and nature activities for kids, including free printable resources for you to simply download and use.
How we started growing in containers
When Jon and I first talked about creating a vegetable patch for the kids I instantly dreamt up images of a little kitchen garden with wooden raised beds, railwaysleeper borders and rows of flower beds. Never did I vision the plastic storage containers we used when we had to move house, but when you are gardening on a low income, living in a rented house with rules and have a small garden you have to get creative.
In the first year we started of small, planting just a few crops in old under the bed storage boxes, grow bags and recycled plastic storage containers. We quickly learned what containers could with stand the Welsh weather and which couldn’t.
We found the recycled, UV protective plastic storage containers to be the best. Not only do they have the depth but they are strong. It’s been five years now and we are still using the same boxes we started with!
What can you grow in containers?
We have been amazed at the variety of crops we have grown in containers and in such a relatively small space: potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes, greens, and so much more. Of course, when growing vegetables in containers, the yields are not huge, but the joy and excitement the kids get when harvesting their ‘home grown goodies’ is immeasurable. What they lack in quantity, they definitely make up in quality.
We are so excited to be able to share all that we are getting up to with you here, and would love to hear about your gardening and nature adventures, so do feel free to email us and let us know.(Edit)
Welcome to Kindergardening. I’m Jo and this is our family blog where we share gardening ideas and nature activities for kids. We’re a homeschooling family who put an emphasis on spending time outdoors gardening, growing vegetables, and exploring nature.