Gardening may be therapeutic and all of those good things, but there’s so much more to it than just that. It teaches you patience, discipline and gets you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, and there’s nothing better than getting your kids to do it along with you as well.
If you too, are planning to start your own garden and include your kids along as well, and are on a budget, here are some cool and actionable tips to help you out!
How To Start Gardening With Kids On A Shoestring Budget
Make the Best of Waste
You may have come across one of those videos trending on Facebook and Instagram that show how you could use the extras and scraps of your veggies to grow entire plants- yes, that’s right- you don’t even need seeds.
It’s time to check out those videos again and give them a try. You’ll be surprised at how effectively most of them work, and how little time, effort and money they need. Get your kids along and encourage them to take part in
Choose Containers Wisely
You don’t need to spend a lot on those fancy pots just to get started with gardening- infact, you can easily put old containers to use to house your herb garden or indoor garden. Do a quick check of your kitchen cabinets and see the old unused containers, cans and bottles you have, spread out some newspapers on the floor, some paints and paintbrushes, and get your kids to rev them up.
Not only will they find this activity super interesting to do, but it’ll also save you some cash.
DIY Your Compost
Soil rich in nutrients can be your perfect gardening essential, but the soil in your backyard may not always qualify as that. That’s when composting comes in and guess what- you don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to do that. Start by storing food scraps in your freezer and when it is full, pile it in your yard to turn it into the most affordable compost you could get.
You can now use this compost to turn your garden soil to nutrient rich soil.
Freeze the Harvest
The best part of gardening is- yes, you guessed it right- harvest time! Make sure you have your kids help you with it- it can be a wonderful experience- watching the fruits of your labor all ready to be enjoyed. Make it a point to use your produce right after you harvest it- in its freshest form. If you have a lot that can’t be used all in one go, freeze the rest for future use. Before you freeze the veggies though, remember that you need to blanch them to preserve their texture.
Gardening with kids is a fun activity that can help you and your kids bond. Being on a budget does not have to get in the way of that.