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Kids in the Garden (with KarmaKids Grow)

Today I have called in an expert, Angela from KarmaKids Grow to help you to get started raising seedlings. If you have a vegetable fussy child, then growing even just one edible plant each season needs to shoot to the top of your list of things to do; because kids who are involved in the growing process, are much more likely to eat salad and vegetables.

Even if you have a brown thumb, this is such an easy way to get started.  My kids have raised seedlings using Bio Cups and Magic Peat Pellets and I’ve found it by far the easiest and most successful way to do so.

But now over to Angela from KarmaKids Grow….

 

Bio Cup & Seedling Planting with ‘Magic Peat Pellets’        

For a truly great activity to do with your child in the garden that teaches them about soil, plants, and the environment, why not try planting a Herb Seedling with Peat Pellets and a Bio Cup.

This simple activity is fun and with the minimal mess is a fantastic way to get children outdoors in the fresh air, leaving them with something to care for and eventually use indoors as part of a cooking session.

Follow the 5 easy steps below to start on a special planting journey with your child, take photos along the way and you may even like to create a blog following the weekly progress of the seedling’s growth cycle.

What you will need:

  • 1 x packet of Bio Cups (available from Bunnings or Masters)
  • 1 x box of Peat Pellets (available from Bunnings or Masters)
  • 1 long bucket
  • 6 – 12 herb seedlings
  • water
  • gloves

Step 1:
Put on gloves and fill a bucket 1/4 full with warm water -enough to cover ‘magic peat pellets’.

Step 2:
Place 6 – 12 ‘magic peat pellets’ into the bucket of water and watch how they magically grow to double their size.

Step 3:
Take 1 ‘magic peat pellet’ and place into a bio cup and open the mesh netting to reveal the soil.  Using the pointy finger of your gloved hand, start making a hole in the centre of the soil big enough for your seedling.

Step 4:
Take a seedling and place into the bio cup. Encourage children to smell the herbs and discuss with them how we can use our herb when cooking. Spray the seedling with water to assist with growth.

Step 5:
After 3 days dig a hole in your veggie patch or garden and place the entire bio cup with seedling into the ground and cover with soil. Discuss how bio cups are biodegradable and will break down into the soil after a few weeks, leaving only the seedling remaining. Water regularly.

 

About KarmaKids Grow
KarmaKids Grow provides Environmental Programs including ‘The Magical Garden Creatures Show’ into childcare centres, schools and shopping malls from Northern NSW to the Sunshine Coast.

Angela Fitriadi, Owner of KarmaKids Grow, is passionate about helping children from all ages enjoy the benefits of spending time in the garden. Through the interactive Magical Garden Creatures Show, Angela has developed a program that combines physical fitness, whilst teaching children about the environment encouraging them to grow not only plants, but strong healthy bodies too.
To find out more about KarmaKids Grow, click here

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Kids in the Garden
  • I love this! Thanks for sharing Georgia and Angela. Will definietly be asking my girls to help set one up for our garden x

  • Lina

    Fabulous post Georgia and Angela. I wonder if this method would work if you used, for example, sunflower seeds, and once you have a seedling, plant it in the ground. A few months ago my son and I planted some sunflower seeds directly into the soil, watered (as best we could during a dry summer here in Cairns) but no plants grew.

    • Lina, I find all seeds thrive with this method (much more so than straight in the ground. Glad you enjoyed it. G x

      • Angela Fitradi

        Hi Lina….KarmaKids Grow just loves Sunflowers and we have planted hundreds of seeds into childcare centres…what I have found is that they prefer a good soft soil(not too hard or clay)and plenty of water. We would definitely recommend planting them as a seed into the bio cups and then when you see your little seedling start to appear (should only take 10- 14 days )plant directly into the soil. Make sure it is in the full sun. Good Luck!! Angela

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