Indoor Gardens, Indoor Garden Lights, and Indoor Light Gardens
Don’t allow the cold weather and frost outside air to slow your children’s gardening curiosity; show them the fun and excitement of indoor light gardens.
Give your little ones a chance to grow all year long by using the winter months to lengthen their gardening season. You can enhance their experiences by cultivating an indoor garden.
Most families naturally choose to do their gardening during the fall and spring months, but by incorporating additional planting activities indoors, your children can also reap the many benefits of hands-on horticulture lessons all year round.
By using grow lights or windowsills filled with sunshine, your children can experiment with nurturing a wide range of plants. From houseplants to blooming bulbs, or vegetables such as tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, and squash, kids are always excited to see nature in action.
Contrary to popular belief, gardening is an activity that does not need to be done only outdoors. Gardening can be transported into the cozy inside while most everything outside the house stays tucked away for winter hibernation.
One of the most wonderful bulbs to grow for a winter project is the hyacinth. You can use a hyacinth glass, or any container that has a narrow opening.
First, rest the bulb on the opening then fill water to within 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch below the bottom of the bulb. Within a fairly short period the roots will start to develop in the water. Soon, top growth and flowers will appear.
This is an especially wonderful project because your child will be able to observe the roots and the top growth from the very beginning, right up until and through flowering time. Buds of the hyacinth are bright and wonderfully fragrant, and the bulbs are easy to grow and beautiful to watch.
There are many different varieties of hyacinths, as well as tulips and daffodil (also bulbs) that may be started in pots.
There are several varieties of seeds that may be started in shallow pots for quick growth. A few of these are radishes, beans, peas, corn, parsley, onions, and nasturtiums. If you really want to light the eyes of your young gardener, you can help them plant the seeds in the pot so that they spell his or her initials while they are growing. You can set the pots in a bright window, where they will quickly grow (before their short attention span drifts to a different project).
Your children will love their indoor gardens. Indoor light gardens are a wonderful project for the entire family.
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