Pick the Perfect Seeds
When it comes to planting seeds with kids, your first step it to pick the perfect seeds. Perfect in this case means those that grow the fastest. Good choices include radishes, lettuce, basil, zinnias, marigold and sunflowers.
Choose Creative Containers
Seeds start best in small and cozy containers, such as seed trays designed specifically for the task. You can also get creative with your kids by making your own small containers out of any number of recycled items. Try egg cartons, tin cans, toilet paper rolls lined up and placed in a plastic tray, plastic cups, or even a muffin tin.
Select Your Starter Mix
Regular ole dirt won’t cut it when it comes to starting seeds from scratch. You instead want a nutrient-rich potting mix, which you can purchase from a gardening shop or create yourself. A recipe from NourishingJoy.com calls for equal parts vermiculite, peat moss and finished compost.
Protect from Mess
Once you have your seeds, your containers, and your potting mix ready to go, it’s a good idea to spread some sheets of newspaper or other protective covering on the floor beneath the containers. This way you can easily scoop up and re-use any potting mix that may not make it all the way into the containers as your kids are filling them.
Fill and Water Containers
Add your mix to the containers, using spoons for the kids if garden tools are too big and unwieldy. Give the mix a good watering so the potting mix is wet but not overflowing with water.
Add the Seeds (and Labels)
Add the seeds after you let the kids water the containers and you won’t have to worry about any of the seeds inadvertently being flooded out or floating away. Let your kids place at least one seed in each tiny container, more in larger planters. If you’re using a mixture of different seeds, help your kids write labels on craft sticks so you’ll know what’s growing where.
While these tips can help jumpstart a gardening project with your kids, you can learn even more with the FREE Gardening Workshops at Greenvale Shopping Centre. Workshops run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday, Sept. 25 to Friday, Sept. 29. Kids get to go home with the seed they planted to watch it grow. Swing by today!