DIY herb garden!

Get your kids into the garden with this great activity - part one of a two-part series.

Every mom knows that the best way to keep the kids entertained is to give them a spade, some dirt and the freedom to explore... well, for boys anyway. Girls may need a packet of wet wipes handy!

This is why creating a DIY herb garden that gets the kids involved physically is great not only for them, but for your cooking abilities also. 

We split this project into a two-part series. In part one we got creative and painted wooden boxes for planting our herb seedlings. During the second phase of our project we prepared the soil and planted our seedlings, and created our upcycled watering cans. If you would like to join these two phases together you can, but  if you are working with younger children it is advisable to keep the activity shorter so that they don’t lose interest. Part two will be published next month!

What you will need:

  • 2 x milk jugs
  • 1 x packet of seedlings
  • A pair of scissors
  • 1 x wooden box
  • Compost or potting soil 
  • Ice cream sticks
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Varnish 
  • Paint brush/es 
  • Glass jar for the varnish
  • Sticky tape

Where to shop:

Go to your local garden centre to purchase a wooden herb box, a big bag of compost and 3 packets of herb seedlings. We chose parsley, origanum and spring onion. 

For the plant markers you could use old ice-cream sticks, or you could purchase a few at your local home store.

At the same home store, purchase some acrylic paints and paint brushes for the wooden box and the plant markers. We decided to purchase only the primary colours, as this added to the activity of teaching the kids how to make certain colours by mixing the primary colours together. 

Keep aside a used 2-litre plastic milk carton for your DIY watering can. 

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