Growing your own food indoors is one of the most rewarding and valuable things that you can do with your children. But how to you make indoors gardening fun for your little helpers? One idea is to bring the magical into your food growing efforts, creating a home for fairies! Here are three ideas for cool edible fairy gardens to make with your kids:
A Chard & Pea Shoot Fairy Forest
Chard and peas both have reasonably large seeds that little kids can handle quite easily, and both are easy to grow for beginners to home growing. Colourful chard and quick-growing peas are also ideal for creating a little fairy forest for your home. If you wanted, you and your kids could create a little path leading through this fairy forest using twigs or stones you forage from your neighbourhood. Your kids can also help to 'manage' this fairy forest, by chopping down some 'trees' when they are ready to eat.
A Micro-Green Fairy Garden
You can use a wide range of micro-greens such as cress, lettuce, mustard, rocket, purslane and more to create a pretty fairy garden. Why not use some sticks, stones and other natural items to make a little house for the fairy to live in, then help your kids plant up the fairy's garden? The cute little sprouts from the fairy's garden could make it easier to get your kids to eat their greens. You could decorate the garden with shells, driftwood, sand, cones, evergreen leaves, or other items you can find on your days out.
A Mint and Strawberry Fairy Fun-Land
Place containers of varying sizes one on top of the other to create a tower of pots, with planting areas around the rims. Have your kid help to make a series of ladders/ steps or slides with household trash – these are now the fairies get around! Now, plant up your stack of pots with strawberry plants and perhaps some mint which will be perfect for a summer treat – for the fairies and for you and your family.
There are plenty of ways to make growing food magical for your kids – making a fairy garden is just one of them. Use your imagination and retain a sense of wonder in the natural world and you will find that your kids will follow your example.