We now have an indoor Montessori garden that we couldn’t be happier with. This space has been a catalyst for new experiments, explorations and discoveries.
When creating an indoor garden that you want your children to have free access to, I recommend that you prepare the necessary and child-sized equipment, tools and gear for their success.
Here are some gardening gear that I recommend getting for your children:
- Watering can – For indoor gardens, I highly recommend one with a long and pointy spout because it helps the child increase accuracy and reduce spills. Also make sure the opening is unobstructed and easy for the child to fill.
- Shovel – you can also get an entire garden tool set inexpensively, and while we do use a rake and trowel for outdoor gardening, we mainly use a shovel indoors to transfer potting soil.
- Scissors or snips – we just use a small pair of regular scissors.
- Spray bottle.
- Teaspoon or chinese soup spoon – handy for transferring smaller quantities of soil or pebbles, or to move seedlings.
- Plant labels and marker for labeling
- Potting soil.
- Gravel or pebbles.
- Various sized pots – to house container plants or to grow kitchen food scraps such as carrot tops, celery or green onions. Here’s a nice post on 19 foods you can regrow from food scraps.
- Seed starter pods – I prefer to reuse egg cartons, toilet rolls or newspaper; these are all easy for a child to do. Here’s a short video showing how to do all three.
- Mini greenhouse or plastic bags to cover pots when growing seeds – we use the Ikea greenhouse.
- Commercial seed packets or seed envelopes to collect your own seeds – we tried to grow cantaloupe and acorn squash seeds, but learned that we didn’t have sufficient humidity for it to work.
- Gardening gloves – we have this but frankly have not needed to use it indoors as their hands hardly get very dirty.