Grow a Pizza (Garden)!
Getting kids involved in gardening has so many benefits — spending time outdoors improves their health, they become more curious and excited to learn about plants, insects, and animals, and are much more likely to eat vegetables if they help grow them themselves!
It can be hard to get anyone, kid or adult, interested in some gardening chores (weeding… we know!), but there are plenty of ways to get kids involved in other ways. One of the easiest and simplest is to grow something they already love, and who doesn’t love pizza?
How to Grow a Pizza (Garden)!
1. Choose your in-ground spot or container location. The location should be in full sun (6-8 hours per day) and in a location that’s easy for kids to access with a watering can or hose.
2. Select your pizza plants. Pizzas come with all kinds of toppings, so here is where your child can get creative, and perhaps stretch their veggie boundaries a bit! Some of our favorite pizza plants include:
- Peppers (hot or sweet)
3. Prepare your soil with compost. Whether you’re planting in-ground or in containers, it’s important to provide your pizza plants with nutrients for the growing season. Adding compost to existing soil or to potting mix is the best way to do this naturally, and to get kids thinking about how plants grow, and what they need: sun, water, soil & nutrients!
- If you are planting in the ground, try planting the garden in the actual shape of a pizza, using string and small stakes to create a circle with wedges. Plant one variety of plant in each wedge!
- If you are doing a container garden, you’ll need two containers: plant a tomato plant in the center of the first one and a pepper plant in the middle of the second (don’t forget the support cages). You can plant the herbs and onions around the edges of the containers.
5. Water your pizza garden. Be sure to water the garden immediately after planting, and throughout the season as needed. If it’s sunny and dry, you’ll most likely be watering every day. If it’s rainy, don’t overwater. We recommend getting your child’s help with the watering — being responsible for the pizza plants and keeping an eye on them to make sure they’re growing well will make them invested in the results, and much more likely to eat those veggies when they’re ready!
Growing a pizza may take longer than ordering one, but we’re sure you and your little gardeners will love the healthier (and more yummy!) results. Mangiamo!