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Planting a seed

 

What you will need:

 

  • Small containers about 2-3 inches deep (egg cartons, yogurt cups, plastic pots, etc)
  • Soil
  • Seeds 
  • Spray bottle
  • Craft sticks
  • Clingfilm

 

What to do:

 

1. Make sure your containers are clean and dry. Poke a hole in the bottom for drainage (this is an adult job).

2. Moisten the potting mix. If you squeeze a clump and water comes out, add more mix. It should be damp but not soaked. Be sure to avoid using outdoor garden soil to start your seeds. The soil-less mix is sterilized (so there’s less chance of germs hurting the baby plants) and it provides good drainage.

3. Fill up your containers, leaving about half an inch or so at the top. Gently tap the container to settle the mix; don’t compress it.

4. Read the seed packet to determine how deep to plant them. For a small pot, kids can plant five seeds: one at the top, bottom, left, right and middle.

5. Mist the top with a spray bottle (this will keep the seeds moist without drowning them). Write the name of the seed on the craft stick, place it in the soil, then lightly cover the top of the pot with clingfilm. This will help keep them from drying out and keep them warm.

6. Place them in a warm, sunny spot, then let the magic happen! Don't forget to spray the pots daily so they don't dry out!

7. Remove the clingfilm once the seedlings emerge, and rotate the pot every couple of days so they don’t bend toward the light. To water now, place them in a tray and water them from the bottom. This will help the plant grow stronger roots.

8. Once the seedlings have two or three leaves and have grown a few inches tall, transplant them to bigger containers.



 

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