Springtime is the perfect time for kids to plant their first garden. An herb garden is a good choice, as herbs are easy to grow, most being hardy perennials, and once established will keep growing year after year. Herbs will grow in pots, window boxes, or mixed into a raised bed veggie garden. Herbs help keep aphids and other harmful bugs out of the garden. Pollinators and beneficial insects, like honeybees, butterflies, and ladybugs, love their flowers, making herbs the best companion plants for the vegetable garden.
Kids can find the perfect container, organic vegetable and herb potting soil, and organic seeds at their local garden center. Kids can choose organic perennial culinary herbs like oregano, rosemary, sage, chives, and thyme to add flavor, nutrients, and healing properties to any dish. Fill the container with the organic potting soil and add water to make it damp but not soggy. Kids can plant the seeds with a stick next to them to name the herb planted.
Locate the herb garden close to the kitchen to easily harvest for dinner. Kids can water their garden by testing the soil for dampness with their finger. Soon little sprouts will pop up. By the time summer comes, kids will have an abundant herb garden to harvest. Kids can cut herb sprigs harvested from the tops of the plants with scissors early in the morning for dinner. By adding a teaspoon of a particular organic herb, kids can transform an ordinary dish into a gourmet feast.