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Create a Pizza Garden with Your Kids

Written by Mindy on March 10th, 2011
Gardening with kids of all ages is a treat that every individual should experience.  Their delight of nature and the feeling of accomplishment that they get from gardening are indescribable.  Some individuals feel that they cannot garden with their children because they have no land or have no time but container gardening can solve the both problems.
A container can be anything from a can to a pot and even one of those recycling bags one gets at the grocery store.  A container garden can be created that can be out of the way and hang indoors, on a patio or balcony with style.  This project is also one that utilizes the concepts of repurposing and recycling so that your little environmentalists can feel good about this project.
One may ask how can this simple project address all these needs and it is simple.  The project is a homemade topsy-turvy planter that can be quite groovy.  To begin this project, one needs to find a can that is deep and somewhat wide.  Good examples of the type of can one will need is a large coffee can, tomato juice can or an institutional size vegetable can.  This size can will give lots of room for plants.  Before using the can, clean it out completely and sand down any rough edges along the opening of the can.  Next, drill three small holes in the rim of the can and one hole about ½ inch in diameter in the center of the bottom of the can.  Then drill four smaller holes around the bottom for drainage.  To aid in drilling the holes, place water in the can and freeze.  This will create a surface that is easier to drill through.
Now comes the time for decorating.  The cans can be covered in scrap wallpaper, shelf liner or anything else the child may desire.  This is very important if the topsy-turvy planter is going to be hung indoors.  Once the can has been decorated, it is now time to make the pizza garden.
The pizza garden will contain herbs and tomatoes that can be used to make a pizza.  A nice patio tomato or determinate tomato plant will work great in this type of planter along with basil, oregano, and even peppers.  Plan the pizza garden according to what the child likes.
Once the plants have been chosen, it is time to start planting.  Place a coffee filter in the bottom of the can and make a hole in the filter where the hole in the can is located.  Then, start the planting process by planting the tomato first.  This is done by working the plant through the hole in the bottom of the can.  Then fill the container with soil if the herbs are in seed form.  If they are in plant form then, fill half full and plant the herb plants.
When planting the herb seeds, divide the top of the can into section so that each section has a different type of herb.  Or if a pepper plant is going to be used, center the plant in the middle of the can and plant the herb seeds and/or plants around the pepper. Once this is done, run strong rope or chain through the hole in the side of the can and hang.  Then, water the hanging pizza garden in completely and patiently wait for your pizza.
Other ideas for this type of planter include food grade plastic buckets and hanging baskets.  Also, a pepper plant can be planted through the bottom hole verses the tomato plants.
To helps this project be the biggest success it can be follow these tips.  Teach your kids how to test the soil moisture.  This is as simple as sticking your finger in the soil and seeing if it is moist.  Next, if fertilizing the plants is going to be to complicated for the child, plan on mixing a slow-release fertilizer in the soil before filling the container.  If you are afraid the child will forget to water their “garden”, mix in a hydrogel in with the soil before using.
This type of project will bring the family back to the land and the dinner table.  It will also teach ones kids how the ingredients of a pizza are grown and give them pride in producing food for their family.

Gardening with kids of all ages is a treat that every individual should experience.  Their delight of nature and the feeling of accomplishment that they get from gardening are indescribable.  Some individuals feel that they cannot garden with their children because they have no land or have no time but container gardening can solve the both problems.

A container can be anything from a can to a pot and even one of those recycling bags one gets at the grocery store.  A container garden can be created that can be out of the way and hang indoors, on a patio or balcony with style.  This project is also one that utilizes the concepts of repurposing and recycling so that your little environmentalists can feel good about this project.

One may ask how can this simple project address all these needs and it is simple.  The project is a homemade topsy-turvy planter that can be quite groovy.  To begin this project, one needs to find a can that is deep and somewhat wide.  Good examples of the type of can one will need is a large coffee can, tomato juice can or an institutional size vegetable can.  This size can will give lots of room for plants.  Before using the can, clean it out completely and sand down any rough edges along the opening of the can.  Next, drill three small holes in the rim of the can and one hole about ½ inch in diameter in the center of the bottom of the can.  Then drill four smaller holes around the bottom for drainage.  To aid in drilling the holes, place water in the can and freeze.  This will create a surface that is easier to drill through.

Now comes the time for decorating.  The cans can be covered in scrap wallpaper, shelf liner or anything else the child may desire.  This is very important if the topsy-turvy planter is going to be hung indoors.  Once the can has been decorated, it is now time to make the pizza garden.

The pizza garden will contain herbs and tomatoes that can be used to make a pizza.  A nice patio tomato or determinate tomato plant will work great in this type of planter along with basil, oregano, and even peppers.  Plan the pizza garden according to what the child likes.

Once the plants have been chosen, it is time to start planting.  Place a coffee filter in the bottom of the can and make a hole in the filter where the hole in the can is located.  Then, start the planting process by planting the tomato first.  This is done by working the plant through the hole in the bottom of the can.  Then fill the container with soil if the herbs are in seed form.  If they are in plant form then, fill half full and plant the herb plants.

When planting the herb seeds, divide the top of the can into section so that each section has a different type of herb.  Or if a pepper plant is going to be used, center the plant in the middle of the can and plant the herb seeds and/or plants around the pepper. Once this is done, run strong rope or chain through the hole in the side of the can and hang.  Then, water the hanging pizza garden in completely and patiently wait for your pizza.

Pizza Garden Pic

Other ideas for this type of planter include food grade plastic buckets and hanging baskets.  Also, a pepper plant can be planted through the bottom hole verses the tomato plants.

To helps this project be the biggest success it can be follow these tips.  Teach your kids how to test the soil moisture.  This is as simple as sticking your finger in the soil and seeing if it is moist.  Next, if fertilizing the plants is going to be to complicated for the child, plan on mixing a slow-release fertilizer in the soil before filling the container.  If you are afraid the child will forget to water their “garden”, mix in a hydrogel in with the soil before using.

This type of project will bring the family back to the land and the dinner table.  It will also teach ones kids how the ingredients of a pizza are grown and give them pride in producing food for their family.

 



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