Container gardening on your porch or balcony doesn't have to be a chore, or a seemingly daunting task. You and your little one(s) can do what I did and take it slowly at first.
Starting your plants off as seeds is the more economical (and educational) way to go about doing it.
Here's how we did it:
Get some plastic wrap, scissors, seed starter, seeds, and a used cardboard egg carton.
Cut the top off the egg carton and save it.
Cover the top in plastic wrap and place the bottom on top of it.
Put in the seed starter.
Put your seeds in and label them.
Keep them moist for the next 24 hours. Water from the bottom up. Take a water bottle and water in between the egg carton layers, making sure only the top layer gets wet. The bottom layer is protected from the water by the plastic wrap.
Your seeds should sprout after a 3 - 7 days. When they're ready to move to a bigger container, just tear off the individual portion and plant. Your plant will grow its roots through the wet paper.
When ours sprout I'll post more pictures of that, as well as when I transplant them.