It's so easy to explore and enjoy nature in the garden. In early spring, the garden is slowly reawakening, and then it's a question of: which flowers are in bloom just now? Which creatures are scuttling about on the ground? Which fruit is ready to try? You can experience all of this in a garden.
The feel, the smell, the taste of things – if you have your own little garden, it makes you want to sow seeds, plant out seedlings, water them and harvest the crops. For fast results and to keep you motivated, choose plants that germinate and grow quickly. The end of April/beginning of May is the ideal time to make a mini-garden. Whether you have a small apartment or a big plot of land, you can create a garden for children anywhere. Even windowsills and balconies can be transformed into green oases.
Let's make a mini-garden!
Sow herbs that are used in the kitchen such as rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, parsley, mint and basil – and after just three weeks you'll have a lovely herb garden.
Vegetable and flower garden
PFor really quick results, it's important to sow fast-growing and robust plants that are easy to look after. For example, these could include radishes, nasturtiums, marigolds and sunflowers. You could also plant different kinds of lettuce, or strawberries.
Here's how to do it!
Take a small empty wooden box, for example a fruit crate. Cut open a plastic bag, lay it inside and fill the crate with soil. Then use pebbles, sand, sticks or twigs to divide your mini-garden into little sections. Sow or plant different plants in each section. And don't forget to water them all!
A sunflower measuring tape
Organise a little competition with your brothers and sisters ! Each child puts a sunflower seed in a little pot and waits until the seedling is big enough to plant out in the garden. Measure it regularly to find out how much it has grown. How long does it take to become taller than you are yourself? Hang a little sign with the name of the child on their sunflower. Then you can compare whose flower has grown the tallest.
Hide and seek!
In one area of the garden, your parents, brothers and sisters hide things that wouldn't naturally be there, such as a tennis ball, a clothes peg, a pencil, etc. The objects should be of different colours. Then you have to find them! Why can you find some things more easily than others? Try to work it out. And don't forget to pick the objects up again after the game.