Easy Indoor Seed Start Ideas for Kids: Plan Your Garden Now!6:03 PM
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.
It's one of our favorite times of year; we are starting our earliest spring garden plants indoors in our mini green house. And while my husband really had taken the lead in the past, I have been given an opportunity to do things the really easy way with a new product I wish I had been using for the last 10 years we have been gardening: Scott's Miracle-Gro Gro-ables!
Curious about how we have been using this Gro-ables Project to make gardening easier?
What are they? They happen to be my all-time favorite way to start seeds. While we do usually start some of our seeds indoors (tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, etc.), there are some that need to be sown directly into the ground outside. Since it's still pretty cold here in Nebraska, (we just has snow last week), that makes it that much more important to get the indoor seed starting done right the first time. That's where the Miracle-Gro Gro-ables come in!
These are clever solutions for gardeners of all locations and skill levels. You don't have to have any previous gardening skills to get them sprouting in 1-2 weeks. In fact, their no-fuss factor make them perfect for kids!
Here's how they work:
1. Take the lid off of the Gro-able.
2. Place into ground outside, directly where the plant will grow. (If starting indoors -- like us -- you can use a big pot or biodegradable container of potting soil that can be put directly into the ground when it warms up.)
3. Make sure the top of the pod is level with the ground dirt.
4. Water daily.
5. Watch your seeds pop in 7-15 days.
6. Thin out any additional plants so that there is just one sprout per pod.
7. Tend to your garden without the need for additional growth enhancers or plant food!
What are some fun ways you can make seed starting even more fun with kids? Here's what we like to do:
Ask the kids which veggies or fruits are their favorite, and allow each child to be responsible for that particular seed.While they are waiting for the seed to sprout, do research on what the plant likes to thrive. Is it a full-sun plant? Does it prefer the shade? Will it need a trellis or fence to climb? Allow the child to take ownership of seeing the plant grow and produce. You can help, but make sure they know that this is their project.
Research recipes that can be made with their new fruit or veggie.
Is there a creative way to use it in meals that you haven't tried before?
What fun ways can you decorate the area around the garden or personalize the plant markers?
Will you be using sticks painted brightly? Are you more of a stepping stone fan? Look for projects on Pinterest that will make your garden beautiful and all your own.
We are so excited to watch our Gro-ables start. I can't think of a better way to welcome spring and encourage fun eating habits, too!