Gardening. Just another thing I suck at.
I love colorful flowers the smell of trees, and the way greenery can liven up a room. The only problem is, I’ve never had a green thumb, and I can’t ever seem to keep plants alive. Too little water, too much water, not enough sun. I can’t get it right. Gardening is just not my forte.
I’ve been wanting to brighten up our flower beds since moving into our home two years ago. Normally I just put one of those $6 hanging plants outside and call it a day, but I decided to get adventurous this year and make it a special occasion and learning experience and try gardening with my kids.
Both kids helped pick out some perennials and I made sure to pick some with a year-long guarantee because… Yea.
Lil’ J also picked out some pink annual flowers she was drawn to. I thought we’d plant them in our hanging flower basket but we can’t find the basket that we put away last fall. Instead of buying another one we decided to up-cycle and make our own flower pot.
I used an old Tampico jug to cut through, then Lil’ J painted it a beautiful rainbow design. When it was dry she added soil and the flowers on her own. You can see more of her little project on the Tampico is Color blog.
We dug up the yard and planted the three smaller plants and one of the big ones. The is still sitting in the pot because digging is SO much harder than I expected. How people choose to hide and burry dead bodies I have no idea, but I’m sure they begin to regret it after an hour of only digging up top soil.
Anyway, we still managed to turn it into a good lesson about recycling, how plants work, and taking care of our planet. Gardening with kids was probably more fun than gardening by myself. I think we may even recycle more of our jugs and make a garden of them this month to celebrate Earth Day. Not to mention making your own flower pot is much easier than digging.
Have you successfully planted a garden? Have any tips for us?
*Shoutout to Tampico for sponsoring today’s story. All opinions and typos are my own.