Green Fingers: Easy indoor mini garden
In the ideal world, we would all have large beautiful gardens with immaculate flower beds filled with all the colours of spring but in reality, a lot of homeowners are pretty short on outdoor space, especially if you live in the city. Even when you do have a large garden it’s still nice to incorporate fun ways to encourage children to be inspired by the outdoors and have their own little patch to focus on. So whether you have no outdoor space or plenty this simple indoor garden craft is great for those little green fingers to get stuck into.
What is great about this craft is you can use mainly items you would find around the house and a quick pop down a local garden centre to get the rest. Once the indoor garden is made they are also pretty low maintenance and need little watering or care and look very pretty and eye catching on a windowsill or shelf.
What you will need
- A glass container - this can be an old vase or Kilner style jar
- Clay pellets or small rocks
- A mix of top soil and compost
- Decorative items such as shells and bamboo
- Small spade or long handled spoon
- A selection of plants
- A cup of water
1. First of all, make sure your jar is nice and clean. Then add the small rocks or clay pellets to the bottom of your jar this helps create a small drainage layer at the base.
2. Pour the mixture of soil and compost into the container up to about a third of the container. Little ones can use the long handled spoon to mixed the soil in.
3. Once this is done use the spoon to make little holes in the soil to place the plants. Then lower the plants into the container. Firm the compost mix around the plants and make sure they are secure in their placement
4. When you have finished planting all the plants drop the decorations in and get creative with it. Encourage your kids to make it their own, perhaps decorating the container with a small pinwheel or their name.
5. Now you just need to water the plants, not too much but just so the water is saturated into the soil. If your container doesn't have a lid then you will need to water this a little bit more often, although the humidity inside the jar should provide some moisture making this a low-maintenance indoor garden.
This is a great starter craft to get children interested in different kinds of plants as well as having something to look after and be responsible for. It’s also great if you're at a loose end on a rainy day but still want that summer feeling and to bring a little bit of that nature indoors.