Here's the supplies you'll need: Soil, seeds, small shovel or scoop, egg cartons or other containers for seedling starts, and a water bottle.
To prep your materials, poke a drain hole in each individual egg compartment. I used a knife and got it done in a few minutes.
is now in play.
The dirt should be loosely packed. If your child is tempted to pack it, kindly redirect them back to filling the holes up, letting him/her know we will be packing in a minute.
Working our logical-mathematical intelligence, we counted out a few pea seeds. They really are just dried up peas :) Em thought this was pretty cool. She also gave me a good laugh when she said, "Then they will grow in our garden and we will eat them!Munch. Munch. Munch. Munch...munch", in her munching voice.
Once the hole is made, place the seed in.
Once the seeds are in, cover the hole with dirt. Do not pack it!
Have your child/children spray each seed with a water bottle set on mist, not stream! Do not pour the water on! Just trust me, it will mess things up :)
I love the facial expressions she makes at times like these...
All done with the first tray.
We moved on to carrots. These seeds were a bit trickier because they are itty-bitty. I ended up pouring them into my hand and letting Em pinch them out.
Another grunting expression :)
We continued on...
At the end we gave all of them a good squirt. The soil needs to be moist in order for the seed to sprout. Be careful, you don't want to drown it though. I'm hoping ours work!
Let them soak in the sun before bringing inside. I labeled each container for storage purpose and also to promote linguistic development. I also displayed the seed packets. When it was time to bring them inside, Em thought the seeds would already be grown. I could see the disappointment in her face when she observed there were no sprouts yet. I explained to her it will take the dirt, time, sun, water, and love and we will start to see the seed sprouts.
Once inside, place containers in a warm and bright location.
I ended up changing my labeling system because I found out the lid on the egg carton is just wasted space. You may want to do away with this part of the container during the prep time.
We will continue watering these everyday using the same water bottle. It will be a great daily job for Em to help promote her interpersonal & interpersonal skills. Not to mention her naturalist skills growing before our eyes. Seed starts usually need 4 to 5 weeks inside before planting outdoors. Most importantly, all chance of frost should be gone.For more information on starting seeds indoors go to http://www.humeseeds.com/indoor.htm. I love this calendar on monthly gardening tips:http://www.humeseeds.com/projndx.htm
This is Em last year in the garden we planted together. I can't wait for this year!! It can be done and be so much FUN!! Stay tuned for an upcoming post of last year's planting adventures. Thank Goodness we are getting such a headstart this year :)