Hello Friends ,
I'm happy to be sharing a new series on my blog , that would be basic life skill activities I do along with my son along apart from crafting. This series would include an Activity and a book recommendation or a Book review and here's to start with it....
It all starts with the seed, how food grows. .
Teaching our children to grow their own food would be a priceless lesson isnt it?
Dhruv showed keen interest in starting our own balcony garden last year in July. We have grown our own ladies fingers , tomatoes, chilli, coriander along with the flowers so far. .
We found these kits interesting on amazon so we picked up the Grow it Yourself Kit
Upaj Grow It Yourself Veg And Flower Small Mix Bag Kit [Pack Of 8]- (Tomato + Okra + Chilli + Cucumber + Marigold + Cosmos + Sweet Sultan Mix + California Poppy Mix) Seed with Biodegradable pot for Home,Kitchen and Balcony Gardening
That's the actual part where the work begins, within 20 days ie when we saw the thin stems we shifted the plants into bigger pots with drainage holes in the bottom so excess moisture wont build up in the soil.
Next we added potting mix to it, Best soil for growing vegetables on balcony is potting mix. Its organic compost with cocopeat, red soil , vermi compost and other nutrients.
Watering them daily , ample sunlight, cleaning them once in a week for dust and dry leaves helped. We started keeping weekly record of the growth and added organic fertilizer that came along the kit every 15 days.
I saw Dhruv being more responsible in taking care of the plants
The lesson we have taken over the year from this activity is
🍅Understanding – they learn about cause and effect
🌶Creativity – discover new and exciting ways to grow food
🥒Nutrition – learn about where fresh food comes from
🥦Self-confidence – they achieve their goals and enjoy the food they have grown
🥕Cooperation – their work includes shared play activity and teamwork
Im sharing a book that we chose to showcase for this activity
THE SEED (Beeja)
By -Deepa Balsavar @tulikabooks
A little girl discovers a seed one day. She puts it in a pot — and then begins the thrill of watching it grow. Will it grow tall? Will it have fruit? Or flowers? The wonder and excitement of emerging new life comes through the minimal text of this skillfully conceived book.This is recommended for Age:2+ and we still have treasure this book.
Grow your own food
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That's all for today !