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
Put on gloves and fill a bucket 1/4 full with warm water -enough to cover ‘magic peat pellets’.
Place 6 – 12 ‘magic peat pellets’ into the bucket of water and watch how they magically grow to double their size.
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.
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.
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.