Planting Seeds with Your Kids
Starting seeds indoors is a great activity to do with your kids this time of year. Not only can you save a lot of money by starting garden plants indoors, but the educational benefit is expansive.
We have some ideas and tips to get this process started. It's easier than you think.
Starting up Your Seeds
How to Plant your Seeds
Make sure the seeds get the benefit of morning light. It will maximize the growth development. Also, do not remove the covering until the plant is at least 2 inches tall. If two sprouts occur prune the weakest. Do not over water.
Harden off plants
Seedlings need time to acclimate to the outdoors before planting to reduce shock. One to two weeks before your planting schedule, have them experience the outdoors for a bit during the daytime. Bring them in during the evening hours.
Do this when temperatures are leveling out at 50 degrees and no frost is expected. Do this after the hardened off process.
Great Seed Selection Idea for Kids
Nasturtium: Pretty and edible! These will have hummingbirds visit.
Potato: Fun to dig these up when they are ready to cook.
Sunflowers: Kids love how they grow big and tall. Have them track height with a tape measure.
Beans: These grow fast and are popular first seeds. They can grow up poles and ladders. These are yummy to eat right off the vine!
More Ideas: Lettuce, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, marigolds, green beans, radishes and basil.