With lockdown being the new normal and the kids still at home, why not add gardening to the home-schooling routine. Teaching children the process of preparing the ground, sowing the seeds, tending the earth and shoots, seeing their hard work flourish and grow, and finally eating their successful bounty. Gardening can be accommodating to any space, large or small.
With a large garden, a small veg patch can be prepared. Pick an area with good sunshine and level ground. Dig the soil thoroughly about one spade depth, removing weeds and stones. Use garden compost or soil conditioner and mix into the prepared area. Seeds can be sowed into the soil, please always read the seed packets for certain spacing and when to sow.
For a small garden or space, planted containers are your friend. Pots and troughs or even a grow bag can be used. Pots and trough must have adequate drainage and be a reasonable size. Aim for containers with a depth and width of at least 45cm, otherwise frequent watering and feeding will be needed. Use soil-based compost such as John Innes No.3 to fill your containers.
Courgettes, potatoes, beans, strawberries, and tomatoes are great veg crops for beginners. The best crops for containers are; carrots, Dwarf French beans, peas, tomatoes, chillies & peppers, salad leaves and various herbs.