Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Kids' Gardens-Starting Seeds

Last week we had a seed planting day. I got things set up for Pooh and Tigger. They each had a tray and some newspaper cups. I had presoaked the seed starting medium so it would be ready.

We then discussed the seeds they wanted to start. Tigger was pretty much set with what he wanted:
2 Sugar Pie Pumpkin, 2 Ali Baba watermelon, 9 Country Gentleman corn. He wanted carrots too but it won't work quite right with the other stuff he's growing. I may convince him to plant some beans seeds around the corn once it gets going. Then he'll have the 3 Sisters (corn, beans, squash).

He ended up filling some cups that I used later.

Pooh had me read off some of the seeds I had and decided from there. He picked some things that "I'll grow it but I won't eat it." 5 spinach, 2 eggplant, 2 zucchini, 2 cucumbers and 6 nasturtium. I'm going to show him that you can eat the flowers of this one. Won't he be surprised!

The way we worked it was:

1. They told me what seed they wanted to plant next.
2. I asked them how many.
3. As they were putting the planting medium into their cups, I marked the required amount of Popsicle sticks with the name of the seed.
4. They placed their markers in.
5. I then either game them the correct number of seeds (more for Tigger) or gave them the packet to plant their seeds (Pooh). They placed 2 seeds in each cup. I did that because these are older seeds and I wanted to make sure they got something to sprout.

See! It wasn't as horrific as you expected, Pooh! ;D

The seed tray is now in the greenhouse. They have a small soda bottle with a special sprinkle top on it so they can water their seeds each morning. The fun part will be when the little green shoots start popping up.

In my tray I planted, yellow squash, pumpkin, petunia, moss rose, african daisy, hyssop, impatiens, nasturtium, scallop squash, 4 o'clocks, hollyhocks, marjoram, zinnias and winter squash. The zinnias are already coming up!

1 comment:

live4evermom said...

Can't wait to see the end result.