|The kids watering newly planted herb seeds
You will need the following:
- cardboard egg cartons, or compostable seedling containers
- clear plastic bin with holes (or let your kids shoot up a regular plastic bin with a bb gun. Just kidding. But it could work. Maybe.)
- tray or old cookie sheet (FYI, I keep old cutting boards and cookie sheets for occasions such as this).
- dirt from your yard or potting soil
|Watered seed containers on a tray (2 types of watermelon and tomatoes)
While this project could be completed in about 5 minutes without helpers, the half-an-hour and mess caused by little ones helps encourage them to a) enjoy the outdoors, b) give mom a break for half-an-hour, c) contribute to the family, and d) begin their love of gardening and natural food.
Begin by filling the egg cartons or seedling containers with dirt. This is best for little hands and little shovels. Read the seed packet for seed depth recommendations, basically ignore those, and plant the seeds. Water and keep the soil moist until you have seedlings and they're ready to put in the ground.
|Seedlings covered with a plastic bin, our greenhouse
By the way, one additional tip--if you do expect a freeze, wrap a string of Christmas lights around your tree or plants then cover with a sheet or frost cloth. With this method, you can raise the temperature around the plants by several degrees. This only works with the old school Christmas lights, not LEDs.