With children through the garden year: activities in winter

What can you do with children in winter in a garden project on the windowsill or in preparation for the coming garden season?

In the cold season you often have to dodge a little when “gardening with children”. You can look for traces in the garden if the snow is right, or set up bird feeders for example with the children. Depending on how old the children are, they can be poured with fat in clay pots, coconut or beautiful cups or you can use them for the smaller toilet rolls and peanut butter … (the latter is a great idea from Anke)

The setting of impressive flower bulbs such as the amaryllis is a bit late now, but it always delights children … Just browse through the category "Gardening with children in winter" or take a look at our garden calendar. We will gradually add to this and also expand it with tips for such “alternative options”.

We plant rubber boots and welcome spring!

Ice cream thalers delight gardeners big and small

That pours itself ?! – Cool!

Small water cycle in the glass

I have a glass of champagne cooler. It looks nice. I got this champagne cooler for the inauguration of my first apartment in the 90s. That was long ago. A long time ago. I haven’t used it for about 20 years, but I have always moved from one apartment to another. It fell into my hands the last time I moved. He still looks very nice. And is still not used. (Did someone just call me old here ?!) "That pours itself ?! – Cool! “Read on

Garden calendar for gardening with children

Ideas for an annual plan

Tit ball dumplings with a difference: homemade bird food bells with children

Dear friends of the children’s garden project,

Sowing Tomatoes | Pull out tomatoes

We basically sowed or preferred tomatoes “on the side”.

For example, we pulled avocado saplings with the children and processed the pulp into a delicious tomato and avocado salad. We dried the seeds of the most delicious tomatoes for the children on kitchen paper or filter paper and set them aside. "Sowing Tomatoes | Continue reading tomatoes ”

Make Advent arrangements with children

On the Monday before the first Advent, i.e. on November 21, 2016, Elvira and Susanne made advent arrangements with the children as part of the garden project. Here are some impressions. I think the arrangements are extremely successful and I am convinced that the children have proudly brought home their contribution to the pre-Christmas Advent mood. Continue reading “Making Advent arrangements with children”

Plant peonies / peonies

Snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis – Amaryllis

After it was rather mild lately, it snowed the days in Cologne and the surrounding area. On the one hand, this led to the fact that the first early bloomers can already be seen and, in my opinion, above all the snowdrop lives up to its name.

Snowdrops (Photo: © Pavlo Vakhrushev – fotolia.com)

Houseplants go (almost) always

Dear parents, dear children,
the children’s garden project has only just begun and we already have to make compromises: in the cold season you often have to dodge a bit when "gardening with chin". You can look for traces in the garden if the snow is right, or set up bird feeders for example with the children. Depending on how old the children are, they can be poured out with fat in clay pots / coconut or used for the smaller toilet rolls and peanut butter … (the latter is a great idea from Anke)

The setting of impressive flower bulbs such as the amarylis is a bit late now, but it inspires children again and again … I hope I will soon have the time and leisure to write a kind of garden calendar with "alternatives" in which I can take up such ideas.

What can you do with children in late autumn / winter in a garden project on the windowsill or in preparation for the coming garden year?

Houseplants go (almost) always: offshoots from the African violet over the Grünllie can be grown, the seeds of some tropical fruits can be grown to houseplants. The creative idea to plant lychee seeds came from my daughter Elena (born 11/2011, currently four years old). It was an experiment, but it worked for all children. If you are interested, just search for these keywords …

I and we are still in the "infancy" with the project and look forward to growing with you. (These may also be ideas that come from outside our kindergarten, because unfortunately this does not want to go public with them)

Greetings and happy urban gardening!
Kirsten Bringmann

(Initiator of the children’s garden project and sole responsible for this website)

We plant avocado seeds and dry tomato seeds

A nice autumn / winter idea is to plant avocado saplings as houseplants.
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There are two ways to grow trees from avocado seeds:

You either skewer the core and hang the bottom in the water. (I wouldn’t do that anymore: The children didn’t always think about refilling the water so that the kernels dried again. This delayed the germination process unnecessarily long.)

you can the Let the kernels dry and pot for 24 hours, which led us to our goal much faster. The upper third should protrude from the earth.

The option of placing the avocado core directly in the soil has allowed us to germinate much more quickly. In the zeal of everyday kindergarten life, the children forgot to refill the water too often, so that the germination was delayed massively.

A detail that is certainly interesting for parents too: botanically, the avocado belongs to the berries.

The pulp was processed of course, the idea is finally to show the children what can be made from fruit and vegetables and how it grows. There were the variants avocado-tomato salad and avocado dip with raw food.

Since we want to prefer tomatoes in spring, we also extracted and dried tomato seeds with the children.

To make the avocado tree branch, you have to prune it

The avocado tree that Elena shows in the first picture was watered, cherished and marveled at every single leaf for weeks and months. So I was all the more surprised how bravely she picked up the scissors and beheaded it without hesitation so that it could branch out.

Citrus sapling and children’s punch

11/4/2015: The starting shot has been fired!

Today is the first project day "With the children through the garden year". We wanted to prepare children’s punch with the children and plant the seeds from the squeezed oranges in order to grow citrus trees with the children. (Since we as parents have no educational experience other than with our own children and are also not gardeners, we have limited the number of children participating to a maximum of 3 children per adult.)
What can I say: The children (between two and five years) put great effort into squeezing 3kg of oranges: there was not a single useful core. In this regard, the children were obviously more tolerant of frustration than I was: with great pride and joy they gave the other Kiga children their punch.

In the repetition in January, we made provisions and asked all parents to collect citrus seeds over Christmas / New Year.

In the repetition in January, we made provisions and collected citrus seeds over Christmas / New Year.

Our children’s punch recipe

Sufficient for around 12 children, depending on age and thirst

Ingredients for our children’s punch

  • Season with 1 cinnamon stick or with ground cinnamon, 3 cloves
  • 3 fruit tea bags (I used a forest fruit blend)
  • Approximately 1.5 l of water
  • 3 kg of oranges
  • 1 bottle of red cheek juice

And so we prepared the children’s punch

  1. Make the water in the kettle hot
  2. Pour the tea and let it brew according to the instructions (I have prepared to help the children with the next steps to be able to help)
  3. Put the tea with spices in a saucepan, bring to the boil again and let simmer for a few minutes
  4. Meanwhile, squeeze oranges with the children
  5. Switch off the stove and add orange juice
  6. Add the red cheek juice
  7. Serve &# 128578;

We didn’t let the freshly squeezed juice or the red cheek juice for two reasons: First, to preserve the vitamins, and it also has the positive side effect that the children’s punch had a comfortable drinking temperature for the children.

Gardening with children | With children through the garden year

Children’s garden project: gardening with children

Dear parents,
dear small and big garden friends,
the first question I am often asked about this project: when exactly do the seasons start, when do they end??

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