Now that Spring is here, or at least I think it is- It’s time to think about planting or at least starting seeds indoors for replanting later. Kids love digging in the dirt, and being part of “grown-up” activities. This fun task will keep them busy and interested from start to finish, and give them a sense of pride when their efforts later turn into something. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers grown by your own hands cannot be beat. Another added benefit is the precious one on one time with your child. Seed starting is a simple and all around rewarding activity to share.
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Starting Seeds With Kids
Start by discussing or even reading about seeds and what they do. Give your child an idea of what to expect from beginning to end to build interest.
Gather all your supplies- soil, spades, seeds, planting pots and a watering can.
Make sure they have tools that are manageable for their smaller hands, this not only makes the job easier for them but gives them pride in having their own tools to use and care for. This little gardening set is perfect!
I like to use peat pots for starting seeds as they can be planted right into the ground and will decompose into the the soil as your plant grows. When ready to plant I rip off the bottom section of the pot.
Label pots with a sharpie, make plant markers from craft sticks, or pick up some that can be reused in the garden
Fill pot with soil.
Follow instructions on seed packets to plant in the potted soil- some hard seed pods will have you crack them open with clippers to give the seed a start, some are planted point down. Plant 2-3 seeds in each pot, having your child poke a hole with the finger and dropping seeds into hole, top with soil.
Let your child water each pot very well, soaking the soil and pot thoroughly. Continue to keep soil moist throughout the seed growing process.
Two weeks before you are ready to plant into the ground bring your pots outside for a couple hours a day to acclimate them to outdoor temperatures.
When you are ready to plant you can remove seedlings from pot or if using a peat pot like mine, plant directly into the soil.
Start by planting things that grow well with minimal care and upkeep. You want your kids to feel successful to keep their interest up, and everyone will benefit from successful crops.
What to plant with the kids?
Fruits and Vegetables:
Some other items you and your kids might enjoy: