So where do you start with herbs for kids? Herbs are fairly easy for children to grow.
From choosing their containers to choosing the herbs they will grow there are lots of choices to make. Will your children grow them from seed (they will need to be patient, this works better with older children). Or will you get small starter plants from a garden center.
If you know someone with a herb garden they may be able to give you some cuttings.
Small starter plants grow very quickly and kids will soon see the plants growing. They will quickly be able to smell and taste their herb garden.
Last year we decided with the kids to have a go at gowing a pizza garden. We started by putting small tomato plants into a grow bag.
We got the kids to do a design for their pizza herb container. They then painted this on, we used little pots of acrylic paint(it is water resistant when dry. We chose to plant Basil, Garlic, Oregano and Parsley (seedlings we purchased)
The children filled the container with a good potting mix, then gently put in the seedlings. They used their water spay guns on fine mist to give the seedlings a drink.
A few weeks later they were able to harvest some of their crop. We then made a sauce for their pizza using the tomatoes and herbs. Yummy, what a great way to get kids interested in gardening
Easy herbs for kids
These can be grown from seed or bought as seedlings:
THEMED HERBS FOR KIDS
Why not try something a little different. How about a pizza garden with oregano, garlic and parsley.
Try a spaghetti garden with oregano, garlic, basil and parsley
.A lovely fragrant garden might have lavender, thyme, rosemary, mints and curry plants
.And to quench our thirst, lemon balm for lemonade, chamomile for tea, and mints for tea
Get the kids to break apart a cloveof garlic.
The cloves can then be put into your container of compost about 2 to 4 inches deep and around 4 inches apart.
Before they flower, when the tips of the leaves turn brown, harvest and repeat.
DID YOU KNOW?
Herbs get a mention in the Bible. Dill, Cumin and mint come up in Matthew 23:23. Coriander seed is mentioned in the Old Testament in Exodus 16:31 and Numbers 11:7