Children are glued to their PCs. During this time, your child is more likely to become addicted to electronic devices. We are keenly aware that addiction to electronic devices is detrimental to your child’s physical and mental development. For that, we want to speak about indoor gardening.

To eliminate these possible risks, you should involve your kids in homebound activities that would keep them engaged and content. A great option is to introduce them to indoor gardening! Gardening as a hobby offers numerous benefits to your kids, which amazingly improves their health and mental well-being.

Now, if you’re wondering how you would get started, we’re here at your service. Keep reading to learn about everything that you need to know regarding indoor gardening for kids:

Deciding What Type of Garden You Want To Grow

When it comes to growing plants indoors, you have multiple choices to select from what type of garden you want to grow. Whether you want to start with an indoor raised bed garden, indoor container garden, or indoor hydroponic garden, you ought to decide it beforehand since each of them involves different steps and techniques. Here’s how each of these gardening systems works:

Indoor Raised Bed Gardening

For making a raised bed garden, you’ll need a spacious area with adequate lighting and air circulation. If you have a spare room in your home basement, that could be an ideal spot. Besides that, you can also turn your roomy balcony into a raised bed garden.

First, you’ll have to buy or make wooden boxes for preparing a soil bed. As you manage the boxes, place them at a certain distance so that you can easily reach each box to take care of your plants.

Next, you’ll have to fill up the box space with a fair level of soil. The soil bed depth can vary, but the minimum depth should be 6 inches. Ideally, it should be 12 inches. Hence, you’ll have to keep it between 6 to 12 inches to get the best outcome.

Indoor Container Gardening

In this type of garden, plants are usually planted in containers or pots. In this case, as a pot cannot stock much soil, it is important to prepare the soil for the enhanced growth of your plants.

Indoor Hydroponic Gardening

This is a unique way of gardening that involves zero soil. In this process, seeds are sown in rich nutrient mineral solution. The solution generally includes water, wick, coconut coir, and GH flora grow as a nutrient.

Hydroponic gardening requires less maintenance, as with these, there’s no need for weeding or any risk of soil-borne diseases. Weekly cleaning and watering are sufficient for maintaining such gardens.

Hydroponic plants require 15 to 16 hours of bright light followed by 8 to 9 hours of darkness a day. So, make sure you place the plant tubs under artificial lighting.

All three of the above processes are very effective in creating fresh produce, and you can even involve your child no matter which type of gardening you opt for. However, if you’re going with the raised bed gardening method, make sure that the height of the box is within your kids’ reach.

Apart from that, when you’re following the container gardening method, ensure that the potting soil mixture doesn’t have any sharp objects, which may harm your kids’ delicate hands. In case of hydroponic gardening, make sure that your kids don’t immerse their hands in the nutritious minerals, as it can cause skin irritation and itching.

Deciding Which Plants to Grow

Air-Purifying Plants

If you want to grow air-purifying options in your indoor plant garden, then check out the suggestions below:

● Spider Plant: Spider plants are super pretty and bring a “jungle” vibe into your home. Aside from being kid-friendly, it amazingly purifies the ambiance of your room by removing xylene and formaldehyde compounds. On top of that, it doesn’t require much regular care. 4 to 5 hours of dim sunlight per day is all you need to keep them alive.

● Dracaena: Dracaena is one of the most popular air purifier plants out there. It effectively removes formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air. It is kid-friendly and doesn’t need high maintenance. If you’re getting your very first air purifier plant, dracaena can be a great choice for you.

● Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera plants are easy to maintain, attractive looking, and at the same time, quite beneficial for your health. It is commonly used in beauty treatment and wound healing. Aside from that, it also removes formaldehyde from the air.

● Philodendron Green: With beautifully heart-shaped leaves, this plant enhances the elegance of your home on another level. It is completely safe for children. It also filters formaldehyde from the air. Moreover, it is very easy to grow; you can plant them and put them in a sunny place – that’s all! You don’t even have to worry about keeping them alive.

Vegetables

You can also set up an indoor vegetable garden and grow veggies at home! Below is a list of vegetables that grow well in a home environment:

● Carrots: Carrots are one of the main sources of beta-carotene, a necessary antioxidant that is important for people of all ages, especially for kids. Even if your kid doesn’t like having carrots, he will happily eat them with great eagerness when you’ll let him take part in growing them.

● Potatoes: Kids love potatoes and items made with it. Engaging them in growing potatoes will give rise to a sense of responsibility that our food doesn’t come to our plate readily – someone has to put in the effort to grow and procure them.

● Beets: Beets are another veggie that grows better indoors rather than outdoors. Ironically, most kids despise this vegetable. Yet, it contains numerous health benefits. It is a reservoir of many nutrients, including vitamin B9, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and iron. In case your kids dislike beets too, direct participation in growing them might motivate them to give it a try.

● Spinach: Greenish leaves of spinach contain vitamins A, B2, K along with plenty of iron. This is why it is important to have this in your meals on a regular basis. Growing them at home is a really great idea if you want to ensure regular supply, and involving kids in growing them would surely encourage your kids to have them.

Hydroponic Plants

If you wish to avoid having a soiled mess in your home, you can simply shift to hydroponic gardening. Through this method, you can grow anything from vegetables and flowers to herbs. There are a few items that are easier to grow indoors, though. Here are some of them:

● Strawberries: Who doesn’t love strawberries? Sadly, this yummy snack is a seasonal fruit. But with the blessing of hydroponic gardening, you can grow and have strawberries all year round. The cultivating process does not involve any complex maintenance work. Just make the solution and pour the strawberries onto it. We can bet, your kid too would love to be a part of this.

● Herbs: Herbs of all types grow amazingly in hydroponic gardening. Basil, cilantro, chives, mint, dill, parsley, oregano – no matter which herb you’d like to grow, it can easily be grown in the nutrient solution. On top of that, these grow in large quantities in a very short period of time. So, plant herbs in this hydroponic system if you want to show your kid how fast some plants can grow.

● Lettuce: Lettuce can also be grown in a hydroponic gardening system. This vegetable requires slightly more care than other hydroponic plants, though. With this one, you will have to change the nutrient solution every single day. However, lettuce is a veggie that all kids will love with the right kind of meal. So, you should definitely think about planting it.

Get an Ideal Garden Kit

Gardening requires some basic tools, which may include a spade, shovel, pruning shears, weeder, cultivator, and more. However, as kids can be highly energetic, we cannot hand them the gardening tools that are commonly used since they can cause injuries and fatal accidents. You may even find some kid-friendly gardening kits in the market. These packages include almost all the tools needed for gardening – except that, they are specifically designed to ensure the safety of your kids.

Collect and Disinfectant the Seed

After picking the plants you want to grow, the next step is to get their seeds. You can go to any nearby garden shop to purchase them. But, with a pandemic at its peak, it would probably be wiser to order online.

Once you buy the seeds, make sure that you properly disinfect them. Too much disinfectant spraying can decrease the growth rate of the seeds, so you need to spray a sufficient amount of disinfectant to sterilize the seeds.

Let Your Kid Sow the Seeds

No matter which method you follow to start your indoor plant garden, it is important that you set up the plant growing medium. In other words, if you are planning to start growing plants on soil, you have to prepare the soil for sowing first. And, if you are aiming to start an indoor hydroponic garden, you have to prepare the nutrient mineral solution.

Inspire Your Kids to Nurture the Newly Made Garden

After the seeds have been sown, it’s not the end. There are several more steps to follow in order to grow the plant fully. Most indoor plants require regular care, and watering timely is one of the many maintenance tasks you and/or your kid will have to perform. You also have to remember to loosen the soil, add fertilizers, rim the leaves, and take out weeds at least once or twice a week.

In order to encourage the kids to take part in these chores, keep them around when you do them. Kids tend to lose interest in things very quickly, so don’t present gardening as a rigorous task to them. This means that you shouldn’t force them to do these chores. Instead, inspire them to nurture the garden – teach them to love it.

Bottom Line

This guide to indoor gardening should give you a good idea about all the measures you need to take to engage your little ones in the precious hobby of gardening. Just because you or your kids cannot go out and have fun the way you used to, that doesn’t mean that all fun is over. Indoor gardening can be the perfect way to help kids learn about different plants and develop healthy habits and qualities. So, let your kids play with soil and be around nature!