Whether you’re a city dweller or have outdoor space, “growing your own” is as fun as it is delicious.
With the arrival of the Great British summer comes the opportunity for outdoor activities that are rewarding for the whole family. Grow your own mini allotment and enjoy a family meal with your harvest! Teach your children where some of their food comes from, as well as being a little bit greener.
As a part of our Sunlight Activity series, this activity involves planting your own herb garden by up-cycling used Hellmann’s® jars and turning them into individual planters. Even if you don’t have access to outdoor space, these will make a perfect windowsill project that will be fun to watch grow, and eventually wind up in your meals.
The photos below show this activity using herbs, but feel free to branch out by growing other small vegetables and fruits. You’d be surprised how many cherry tomatoes or raspberries you can get out of a small plant!
What You’ll Need:
Six 400g jars (glass or plastic) – such as an empty Hellmann’s jar
Potting soil (enough to fill all of your jars)
Various vegetable, fruit and herb seeds (choose your favourites). Coriander, basil and even peppers are great choices
What to Do:
Step 1: Rinse out your jars to remove any food, and label each jar with a marker or decorative label to indicate which vegetable, fruit or herb will be grown in each.
Step 2: Fill your jars a quarter of the way with pebbles covering the bottom to provide some drainage.
Step 3: Add soil up to the top of the jar, leaving about 1 inch of space, and use your finger to make a hole for your seeds (refer to your seed packet to determine the right depth for proper growth).
Step 4: Place seeds in soil (refer to seed packet to determine how many seeds to use) and cover with more soil.
Step 5: Water gently daily – be sure not to allow the water to pool or puddle – and place in a sunny area (windowsill, porch, etc.).
Step 6: Try out your home grown goodies with delicious summer recipes from Hellmann’s, like filled aubergines or Mediterranean Chicken, using your home grown tomatoes and peppers from Colman’s®.
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