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How to Grow Plants to Make a Pizza

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.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley

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.

Materials Needed:

  • 3 vegetables, such as dwarf pepper and tomato plants, and onion sets
  • 3 herbs, such as basil, thyme and oregano plants
  • 6 polystyrene pizza bases
  • large round container

1. Make a pretty edge on six polystyrene pizza bases.

Decorate with acrylic paint. Then cut a flat edge across each plate so they can all slot into your container as section dividers.

Decorate Pizza Bases to Use as Garden DividersDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Drill holes.

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.

Use Pizza Bases as Planter DividersDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Create a deep hole in the soil.

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.

Tease Plant Roots Before PlantingDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Tend to plant's roots.

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.

Tomato Plant Carefully Removed from PotDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Place the plant in the hole.

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.

Place Tomato Plant in One Section of PlanterDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Arrange the plants in sections.

Include tomato, basil, dwarf pepper, thyme, salad onion and oregano plants. For the best effect when the plants are grown, alternate herbs with vegetables.

Tomato and Herb Plants in Divided PlanterDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

7. Give plants some sunshine.

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.

Pizza Garden Herbs and Tomato Plant FlourishDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

8. Check tomato and pepper plants.

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.

Tie Tomato Plants to Stakes for StabilityDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

9. Make the perfect pizza.

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!

Pizza Toppings Made with Fresh IngredientsDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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