Gardening with a toddler is a memorable, sensory filled experience that I am so glad I did with J-Bird (aka my kid).
Watching her touch the seeds and the soil was so fascinating. We live in the city, and she’s spent the majority of her life in the concrete jungle known as Cleveland, so grassy plains and earthy adventures are not really childhood memories for her.
You may be wondering why our garden is in a giant plastic bin.
Cleveland has a lead problem. We have lead in our paint and lead in the city soil. So, the best option for gardening is a raised bed that doesn’t have access to this lead-filled soil. As a working mom who is also in school, I just don’t have time to build a beautiful raised bed. This bin situation is quick, easy, and still loads of fun.
So we took one of our large plastic bins (you can get one for about $5 at Target, Walmart, etc…), drilled large holes in the bottom for drainage, and filled it with organic raised bed soil from Home Depot. The bin was filled with 2 bags. (Don’t mind the grass the fell into our bin. Totally unintentional!)
We then planted our seeds according to the directions on the seed packs, watered the soil, and let the fun begin. It’s been a few weeks and we are starting to see results!!!
I love going out and checking on our garden with J. She loves touching the dirt and gets so excited to see the plants growing.
It’s not a big garden, but with a small child, it is very manageable and a fun experience that doesn’t cost much. You even get to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor!
We planted peas, spinach, and kale!
I’m sure a super mom out there could take this to the next level and have fun painting the bin. I’m far from a super mom- more like a fly by the seat of my pants kind of mom, so our bin is just blue. But you know what, it works.
We had so much fun with this little spring adventure.
Here’s a rundown of the supplies:
- 1 large plastic bin
- A drill or any kind of sharp object you can make holes in the bottom with
- 2 bags of organic raised bed soil
- A watering can (you can always use a plain old cup if needed)
I hope you try this with your littles! It was so fun!