Add some flavour to your meals this winter with your very own DIY herb garden! (Part 2)
In the second part of this activity, we plant the seedlings and making the watering can!
Planting the seedlings:
- Prepare the wooden box that you made in July, with compost and potting soil, filling it about ¾ full.
- If you have more than one child, give each child a chance to plant a seedling.
- Get each child to scoop out a small hole with their hands, to plant the herb seedlings in. If your herbs come in a plastic bag, an adult should cut through the side of the bag, taking care not to cut any roots. If you bought a pack of seedlings, get the kids to softly wriggle out the herb seedlings without breaking any of the roots. Once the seedling is out, tease the roots from the root ball – this will encourage them to spread out.
- Firmly push the compost into the gaps by using little fingers to push the compost deep into the soil that has just been added, but being careful not to damage any roots.
- Place each seedling about 15 centimetres apart, between each stem.
Making the watering can:
- Take your recycled 2-litre milk carton and a pair of scissors outside.
- In the neck of the bottle, pierce lots of small holes with the scissors. This will create a sprinkler effect. If you are working with very young children it is suggested that an adult does the piercing, for safety purposes.
- Place your herb box in a sunny spot in the garden, as most herb plants require a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day.
- Push your herb plant tags gently into the compost close to their designated herb.
- Fill up your DIY watering can to just below where the holes are pierced. Tilt to the side and watch the sprinkler effect.
- Remember to water thoroughly. The compost needs to absorb a lot on first watering, so expect to apply four litres or so. Continue to water at least every few days over the coming months, or whenever the soil seems dry.