Alternatively you could rent an allotment. This is a way of accessing land to grow your own plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables. If you do not want a whole allotment yourself, you could join with friends or family to have one and share the duties. Contact your local council to find out about allotments in your area.
What to grow
In order to keep children interested in gardening it’s a good idea to grow plants that are easy and quick to grow and look after. Take a trip to your local garden centre where you will be able to get advice and buy seeds and young plants to plants out in your garden or containers. Here are a few ideas:
- Flowers – Sunflowers, Nasturtiums, Daffodils, Snowdrops, Lobelia,
- Fruit and Vegetables – strawberries, runner beans, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers
- Herbs – Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Chives, Sage, Parsley
Growing plants in containers
A wide variety of plants can be grown in containers including herbs, bulbs, bedding plants, vegetables and even small trees and shrubs. You can buy a huge range of containers – pots, tubs, and troughs – in varying sizes, colours and materials. Or you can adapt things you might already have at home, such as old wellies, a bucket, a bowl, anything really that will last outside and can hold a plant.
To plant up a container:
- Choose a container with sufficient room for plants to grow
- Ensure it has drainage holes and add a layer of stones to the bottom to help with drainage
- Fill the pot two-thirds full with compost
- Position the plants carefully in place in your pot, being careful with the roots.
- Fill the top with compost and pat down, leaving a few centimetres at the top for watering
- Water well and continue to water regularly throughout the growing season, depending on the plant’s needs