How to Grow Herbs With Children

Overview

Growing herbs with children is a fun and exciting way to teach children about gardening. Growing herbs is an excellent way for children to discover how aromatic and flavorful herbs are. Many herbs require little maintenance and are easy to start from seed. Children of all ages can grow their own herb garden. Keep their herb gardens small to make them easy to manage. Grow herbs for cooking their favorite meals, such as basil and thyme, and herbs they can pick and eat, such as peppermint and lemon balm.

Step 1

Start the herbs in plastic planter trays or egg cartons. Add potting soil to the planters with the children using a hand shovel. Remove the excess soil from the top.

Step 2

Moisten the soil before planting the seeds. Give the children their own watering containers to water their potted soil, just until it is slightly moistened. The wet soil will hold the seeds in position and stimulate their germination.

Step 3

Plant the seeds. Have the children choose the herbs they want to plant in their herb garden. Make small indentations at the center of each planter container and show the children how to drop the seed onto the soil. Cover the seed with soil and lightly press the soil down.

Step 4

Set the planters in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight.

Step 5

Give the children the task of checking their herbs daily and keeping the soil moist. Once the herb seeds sprout, continue the maintenance until they are 2 to 3 inches tall.

Step 6

Prepare the soil in your garden. Have a shovel for yourself and one for the children. Select a low-traffic, sunny section of your yard to make a small herb garden, or fill larger containers with potting soil. Dig in and turn over the soil to loosen it, and mix in soil fertilizers for garden soil. Make rows or sections for each herb. Moisten the soil before transplanting the herbs.

Step 7

Transplant the herbs to the garden. Dig holes to cradle each young herb plant. Work with the children and show them how to remove the plants, place them into the ground, and pack the soil around them.

Step 8

Instruct the children to water the herbs regularly in the later afternoon when the sun is not at its peak.

Step 9

Watch the herbs grow. Make a chart for the children to keep track of how tall the herbs grow each week.

Step 10

Harvest the mature herbs. When the herbs have matured, according to their seed packet's estimated time, pick the herbs with the children. The children will enjoy eating the herbs that taste like candy. Cook meals with them using the aromatic herbs in their garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Planters
  • Egg cartons
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Watering containers
  • Fertilizer
  • Shovel
  • Hand shovel
  • Herb seed packs
  • Herb seedlings

References

  • National Gardening Association Kidsgardening.com: Creating Herb Gardens
  • TheKidsGarden: Growing Herbs
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About this Author

Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on eHow, Garden Guides, Trails, ConnectED, Helium and others. Manal received her B.S. degree in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.