I’m getting pretty sick of the cold winter, so I’ve decided to look ahead a bit to summer. You can too with this fun garden project for the kids and you to grow together. Not only is this plan the perfect introduction to gardening for kids, but it can be grown on a small plot or even in pots.
Read on to plan an adorable and tasty pizza garden.
Easy pizza plants to grow include sweet basil, red onions or white onions, parsley and oregano. More challenging garden plants, depending on your skill level, include bell peppers, roma tomatoes and mushrooms (from a kit – not in your garden unless you’re going fancy).
Keep in mind that garlic, grown from bulbs, in your pizza garden, may or may not be doable, depending on where you live. For example, in Oregon we grow garlic in the fall (normally), so you wouldn’t be planting your garlic at the same time as the rest of your garden. Also, many types of garlic do not fare well when planted in the spring. Still, this is a longer conversation then we have time for. To learn more about garlic in your area, contact your local Extension Service Office.
Think creatively. Beyond the cheese of course, you really can grow anything you’d like for your pizza – spinach, artichoke, marjoram, broccoli and so on.
Planning and plotting:
After choosing plant types, you and your child can choose seeds. Go 100% organic. Why garden with pesticides? Seeds of Change offers a great selection of organic seeds and plants.
If you’re growing in a small plot, use garden twine or hemp to scale off a small round area and also scale off “slices.” Let your child create signs for each plot. For a fun, real crust effect, mark off a larger, second rim around your circle plot and add an easy to grow crust such as chives.
If you’re growing in pots, you’re more limited as to veggies for your pizza. For example, I’ve grown tomatoes outside but can’t for the life of me grow them in pots. Many can, just not me, so feel free to give it a whirl. Mushrooms grown with a kit, all kinds of herbs, onions and even bell peppers can be grown in containers on a sunny balcony. If you do grow in pots, kids might enjoy decorating them with “pizza” designs.
Once your pizza garden grows, use the harvested plants to make your own homemade organic pizza.
Organic gardening help:
- Growing asparagus
- The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs is one of my fave herb books. It’s hard to find though (it’s older) so check out this guide too
- Tips for awesome tomatoes or quick tips for container tomatoes. I’d look into a book though for more in-depth info… maybe The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible
- If growing in pots check out Life on the Balcony or read some basic tips
- For overall advice, check out Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, which offers general tips and tricks or for more in-depth info look at Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre
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