The weather in Michigan right now may not seem like its spring, but nevertheless it is! So while you're still stuck inside, take some time to learn about home gardening tips to prepare you for the warm weather.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a great option to have homegrown vegetables along with being able to spend time with your family. This can be a way to feed your kids healthy food along with giving them the satisfaction of helping. When thinking of plants to grow, make sure you are checking when the plant blooms, so you are planting accordingly. Don't forget the kids; let them help choose some plants, too!
Some fruits and vegetables to grow in the spring:
When planting outside, the soil needs to be between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can't wait that long, you can try indoor gardening. Make sure that your plants have access to sunlight or that you are using a grow light. If you don't have any pots on hand, you can recycle old cans or foam egg cartons. You can spend time decorating the pots with your kids.
The following fruits and vegetables can be grown inside:
The good news is that once the weather warms up, you can transfer these indoor plants to a garden outside. Don't forget to label your plants! It's easy to forget which plants you are growing, especially before the plants have bloomed. Try using rocks or popsicle sticks to label them, and have you can have your kids practice their spelling and/or drawing skills.
Whether the weather outside is cold or warm, there is always an opportunity to create a home garden with your kids. Research is an important first step, so don't forget to make sure you are using the correct soil and have enough space for your plants to flourish. Last but not least, have fun!
If you have any additional questions about home gardening, feel free to ask some of our vendors at our Farm to Food Expo!