Growing a Kid’s Pizza Garden
Kid’s love pizza and an easy way to get them to love gardening is by growing a pizza garden—a garden in which herbs and some vegetables commonly found on pizza are grown. Let’s look at what to grow and where.
What to Put in a Pizza Garden
A pizza garden typically has six plants in it. These are:
All of these plants are easy and fun for kids to grow. Of course, you can add other plants that may make their way into a pizza, such as wheat, garlic and rosemary, but these plants are more difficult for a child to grow and could cause them to become frustrated with the project.
Remember, even though these are easy plants to grow, children will still need your help. You will need to remind them when to water and help them with weeding.
Layout of a Pizza Garden
Planting all of these plants together in one plot is fine. For some extra fun, consider growing a pizza garden in the shape of a pizza. The bed should be a round shape, with a “slice” for each kind of plant. If you follow the list above, there would be six slices in your garden.
Choose the location of your garden carefully. Plants in a pizza herb garden will need at least six to eight hours of sunlight to grow well—less than this, and the plants may be stunted or produce poorly.
Growing pizza herbs with children is a great way to interest them in the world of gardening. After all, nothing makes a project more fun than when you get to eat the end result.
How to Grow Basil Plants
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is often referred to as the king of herbs. Basil plants are certainly one of the most popular herbs grown in the home garden. Growing basil outdoors or in a container is easy to do. Here are some tips:
- Whether you are growing basil outdoors in the ground or in a container, the drainage needs to be excellent.
- Another important requirement is to choose a spot where the basil plants will get plenty of good sunlight.
- If you decide to start basil from seed, scatter the seeds over the location that you have chosen and lightly cover with dirt. Water thoroughly. Thin to 6 in. apart once the seedlings come up.
- When growing basil outdoors, it is important to remember that basil is sensitive to cold and even a light frost will kill it. Do not plant seeds or plants until all danger of frost has passed.
- The trick in growing large and abundant basil plants is to harvest often. The more you harvest basil, the more the plant will grow. When harvesting, pinch off the stem right above where a pair of leaves are growing. After you harvest, two more stems will start to grow, which means twice the leaves next time you harvest.
- Remove the flowers. Once a basil plant flowers, the leaves start to lose their flavor. If you remove any flowers, the leaves will get their flavor back in a day or so.
As you can see, proper basil plant care is easy. Follow these tips to ensure a good supply of this tasty herb.