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Ashleigh Smith

Feb 28
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Are you looking for a way to teach your kids about gardening? Getting them directly involved is a great way to catch their interest. From the time I was able to first pull weeds, place a seed, or hold a hose I remember helping my grandmother with her garden. Some of my happiest memories come from our time spent harvesting peas and playing with praying mantises. Its the place I first learned I liked parsley, chives, and a sun warmed tomato.

Looking forward to the coming season you may find yourself planning with little helping hands in mind. I would recommend starting now. Don’t wait for the weather to warm up. Teaching the basics now can also help your child grow in excitement and anticipation.

To start growing seeds in your home, start with a basic egg carton seed tray. You can cut the top off leaving the wells for individual plants. Once you have your container, add some soil. You can get a fresh bag of soil from your local garden center, nursery, grocery store, or other similar stores.

Fill each well to the top. Then plant a seed and add water. Just make sure you keep your container in a well lit area. If you are really concerned about having enough light you can use a grow light for a more reliable light source.

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2 comments

Tammy Casaletto

Question on article about using egg cartons for seed starters. – can you use any type of egg carton (plastic, styrofoam, etc) or does it have to be cardboard type?


Kat Silva

Is that enough space for the roots before time after frost? Enough space for them to grow and get good true leaves so we can transfer???


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