Get the children involved with growing their own vegetables – they are much more likely to eat them!
A 75cm Square raised bed planter for children that can also be used as a children’s sandpit.
Great for growing vegetables, fruit and herbs. Easy, educational and fun.
Comes with a clear polyethylene cover that can be used to help germinate seeds and encourage early growth, or as a cover for the sandpit to keep cats and other animals or younger siblings out!
Helpful Haxnicks hint: small children might find it easier to dig with spoons rather than heavy trowels.
- Additional Information
How to Get Growing
You will need:
• Grit or gravel for the bottom layer
• Approximately 80-100 litres of high quality multipurpose compost
• Compost – ‘multipurpose’ or ‘container’ are best.
• Seeds or young plants
• Suitable liquid or soluble feed for vegetables (ask a grown up to help you with these)
• Twigs or canes to support fully grown plants – remember to pop ‘CaneToppers’ over the ends to protect your eyes!
1. Place a layer of grit, gravel, or other suitable material into the bottom of your planter, to allow water to drain through easily.
2. Fill with good quality multipurpose compost to approximately 4cm (1½ins) height from the top of the planter.
3. Follow the instructions on the packet if sowing directly from seed, remembering to remove or ‘thin out’ excess seedlings when large enough to handle.
4. Water plants before planting, and allow to drain.
5. Carefully water after sowing or planting, but don’t overdo it – you don’t want to drown everything!
6. Do not place seedlings outdoors until after the last frosts of spring, keep in the light, in a frost-free situation.
7. Water regularly and do not allow the compost to dry out.
8. Feed regularly from mid-summer with a good liquid feed or fertilizer, but make sure you get an adult to help you.
You can grow almost anything in a Children’s Vegetable Garden Planter – just choose the vegetable varieties that you like, or use our suggestions below.
Most Garden Centres and catalogues sell young vegetable plants, or you can keep costs to a minimum by sowing seeds directly into the compost, or if it’s a little early, maybe indoors in pots on your windowsill. Ask your parent or guardian to see if you can use the greenhouse or cold frame if one is available.
If it’s your first time growing, you could start with radishes, carrots, maybe a few mange tout peas or dwarf French beans or lettuce. Leaf salad mixes are fast croppers ready to eat just a few weeks after sowing and will re-grow up to 4 times if you trim the foliage and leave the base intact. ‘Cut and come again’ lettuce varieties are perfect, and easy to grow from seed.
Why not try something colourful and decorative as well? Try growing chard or chilli peppers in a wide variety of deliciously hot colours. Courgettes are not only easy to grow and very good for you, they also come in vibrant yellow and gold, with flowers to match. You can actually eat these, and other edible flower varieties, such as peppery nasturtiums, are available. Squashes and gourds come in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and colours are so much fun to grow – make sure you’ve got some ready for Halloween!