Fun & Games: What to grow in Autumn - Find a Word
Autumn is a fabulous time to be outdoors in the milder weather.
Here at Yates we love autumn and always have something growing in the garden. We have some suggestions for kids' autumn gardening activities:
- Sow sweet pea seeds. As seeds go, they’re relatively large so they’re easy for little fingers to handle. Choose a sunny spot next to a fence and sow the sweet peas into damp soil. Don’t overwater. Next, erect some plastic mesh or attach strings to the fence so that the sweet peas have something to cling onto as they climb. After the seedlings emerge, show the children how to push a twig in beside each small plant to encourage it to grow towards the support. If you’re really creative, you can get your junior helpers to tie stakes into a wigwam shape. As they grow and flower, the sweet peas will create teepees of colour.
- In the vegie bed, sow seeds of broad beans and peas. Choose an open, sunny spot that’s protected from strong winds. Keep moist, but not over-wet. Climbing snow peas will grow happily in the same sort of position as sweet peas.
- Sow a row of carrots using Yates seed tapes. These are clever strips of paper that are impregnated with pre-spaced seeds. It’s child’s play to lay the tape along the bottom of a shallow furrow, break it off at the required length, then cover with soil and water. Note, though, if all the seeds emerge, the baby plants will still need some thinning.
- Autumn is spring bulb planting time and bulbs, with their quick, showy results, are very satisfying for kids. Fill some pots with quality potting mix (e.g. Yates Gro-Plus) and pack in jonquils, miniature daffodils or tulips. Put another pot of similar size over the top to exclude the light in the early stages. Once the bulb shoots have emerged, the top pot can be removed and the bulbs exposed to the sun. A morning sun, afternoon shade position suits most potted bulbs.
- Some families make it an autumn ritual to grow hyacinths in vases of water. You can buy the specially-shaped vases, or choose a bottle with a neck that’s the right size to support a hyacinth bulb. Make sure the water comes up to just below the bulb. Keep the vase in a dark cupboard to start with and then gradually expose it to more light.
We've created this fun Find-A-Word for the kids to complete to learn about what they can try and start growing over autumn.