April is National Gardening Month…Let’s Get Gardening!

Celebrate the new life that April brings as the seasons change over to Spring.  This month, take a nice walk around your neighborhood and look for signs of spring like new growth popping out on trees and plants. Create a special salad garden with your child this spring.  Watch as the tiny seeds sprout into little seedlings and grow into plants that can be harvested and eaten.
To get started, you will need a reusable grocery or canvas bag, potting soil, a clean spray bottle filled with water, and seeds or seedlings.  Visit a local garden center and look for seeds or seedlings (small plants) for your garden.  Try different kinds of lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and arugula for a tasty variety.  
Follow the steps below to plant your garden:
  1. Fill the reusable bag with potting soil to about 1-2 inches from the top of the bag.
  2. Spray the potting soil with water and thoroughly mix it up, so that the potting soil is evenly moist, like a kitchen sponge that has been wrung out.  
  3. Plant the seeds as directed on the seed label.
  4. Place the seed packet in a clear plastic bag and fasten it to the garden bag, so that you know what you are growing and how to care for your plants.   
  5. Place in a sunny location mist daily with water to keep the seeds moist, but do not over-water.  (You can place an old tray or cookie sheet under the bag to catch excess water.)

Harvest your garden by cutting leaves to serve in your salad.  Plants will continue to grow and produce for several harvests. 


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