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4 Essentials for a Fabulous Spring Garden

April 22, 2015

If you’re interested in an outdoor family activity, why not try gardening. Spring has sprung and there’s no better time to start sowing seeds than now. Check out our list of easy to grow plants, fruits and vegetables that your family is sure to enjoy.

Plants

Primrose: Primrose is a spring wildflower that comes in a variety of colours. It’s great for planting in pots and containers which helps if your little ones have little hands.

Crane’s-bill Geranium: Famous for its white, pink, blue or purple saucer-shaped flowers and its dense foliage, Crane’s-bill is great for keeping down weeds.

Sunflower: Planting sunflower seeds can be a fun activity for children. Planting sunflower seeds requires minimum time and preparation. Kids can track their growth as most grow about 20 inches high. Once the seeds are dry from the previous growing season, you and your family can enjoy eating them.

Seeds

Sweet pea: Sow seeds outdoors in March or April for blooms in June and July. Pick the flowers regularly to encourage more growth.

Pot marigold: Plant a pinch of seeds in March or September and within 10 weeks you’ll be rewarded with a mass of flowers. For an added bonus, try tossing the petals into your salad.

Herbs
Rosemary: this pretty herb produces blue flowers and has highly-scented leaves.

Chives: Chives grow in moist soil and full sun. You can toss them in your salad or top off a yummy baked potato.

Oregano: Planted in a sunny area of the garden, marjoram will grow vigorously. Children may recognize its taste as it’s often used in pizza and pasta.

Fruits and Vegetables

Strawberry: Often considered nature’s natural candy, kids will feel like

Lettuce: Lettuce can be grown all-year-round and you’ll have many varieties to choose from. Sown seeds should begin to sprout within 12 days.

Carrot: Sow carrot seeds thinly in a sunny area of the garden and they should germinate within 17 days.

-Bilan J.

image via Whos Green

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