Growing a pizza takes a bit longer than ordering in, but the results are much yummier and much healthier. Learn how to grow all of the plants you will need to make a homemade pizza with this step-by-step guide.
In early summer, buy small tomato and pepper plants, onions and Italian herbs, and transplant them into a container. All these plants like full sun. Grow them in rich, moist soil. Once the flowers appear on the tomato and pepper plants, feed every 2 weeks with a tomato fertilizer. This project takes 12 weeks to complete.
Decorate with acrylic paint. Then cut a flat edge across each plate so they can all slot into your container as section dividers.
Drill holes in the base of a round container. Add stones for drainage, and fill it with potting soil, leaving a space at the top. Using your pizza bases, divide the circle into six sections. Make slots in the soil first so your dividers won’t break.
Make one for each plant that is large enough for the root ball. Water the plant, then remove it from its pot by squeezing the sides or poking a finger through the hole.
If they are packed tightly together (because they've been in a small pot for too long), try to tease them apart with your fingertips. Do this very gently — tiny roots are delicate! To do so, hold the root ball and not the leaves or stem.
The crown of the plant (the base of the stem) should be level with the soil surface. Fill in the soil around the roots and press it down firmly, then water.
Include tomato, basil, dwarf pepper, thyme, salad onion and oregano plants. For the best effect when the plants are grown, alternate herbs with vegetables.
Once the plants are in, place your container in a sunny spot. Be sure to soak it well from time to time — to do this, pour in water right up to the rim, filling the space you left above the soil.
If the tomato and pepper plants begin to flop, push a plant stake into the soil near the stem and tie them together loosely. To do this, use string in a figure-eight loop so the stem doesn't rub against the stake.
Ask an adult to help you make a pizza base — or buy one. Spread tomato sauce over the top and add some grated cheese. Now chop up and add all your fresh ingredients and bake in a hot oven. Enjoy!
Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books