Nature Garden Activities for Kids

Box Garden for Kids

Turn a wooden fruit crate into a miniature box garden for kids. In the winter, fruit shipped from places like South America often comes in wooden crates. Ask your grocer to save one for you.

What You'll Need:

  • Wooden fruit crate
  • Newspaper
  • Potting soil
  • Garden soil or compost
  • Water
  • Vegetable seeds (leaf lettuce, ball carrots, radishes, and miniature bush tomatoes)

How to Make a Box Garden: Step 1: Line the wooden crate with four or five layers of newspaper. Fill with a mixture of half potting soil and half garden soil or compost. Step 2: Water the soil and allow the box to drain. Step 3: Make two long furrows the length of the box, one near the front, the other right down the middle. Step 4: Divide the front row in half. In one half sprinkle seeds for miniature carrots. In the other half sprinkle radish seeds. In the middle row, sprinkle leaf lettuce seeds. Plant the seeds thinly.Step 5: The back half of the box is for your bush tomatoes. Poke a hole about one-half inch deep and drop two or three tomato seeds in it. Cover the seeds. Step 6: When they sprout wait until they are about two inches tall, then cut away the weaker plants, leaving one strong one.Step 7: Keep the box outside in a sunny place and water it every day. Thin the plants if they need it.

Step 8: Pull the carrots when they are about one inch across. Cut the lettuce when the leaves are about six to eight inches tall.

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