9.5.12

Gardening From Seedlings

During this walk last year we collected several pods and seeds.
I kept them in a jar for a year (in a cool dry place) and this year germinated them and planted them in egg cartons.  I officially have 18 mini trees now.  We are still waiting for them to have six leaves each before transferring them to a proper container.  No sure where I'm going to plant my 18 trees.
I placed them in a wet paper towel, folded over and kept moist. 
After about a week little sprouts started to appear and we then transferred them to the egg carton and soil. 
We also have sunflower seeds that  monkey number one planted.

In this photo my baby trees are in the foreground, the sunflowers are in the middle and a friend bought me these beautiful full grown sunflowers.
What have you been growing? 

Things to consider when planting with kids:
Kids of all ages love to play with soil, digging holes and water.  
Give them free reign on what they want to plant. 
Do some internet or library book research together.
Try to encourage fast growing plants so that they can see progress quickly (sunflowers are very rewarding!)
Talk about bees, insects and butterflies that help pollinate flower and are food for birds.  
Have fun! 

14 comments:

Mama Gone Green said...

Last year we build finn his own garden box where he could plant whatever he wanted. So far it has been a great experience for him!

em.me.ma said...

this is amazing. i can't wait to start growing things when i have my own place!

em.me.ma said...

this is amazing. i can't wait to start growing things when i have my own place!

Clair said...

From gathering the pods, to germinating the seeds, to planting them, to growing the trees. Such a cool project!
Recently I saved the large seed from my store bought avocado. I placed it in a water filled "hyacinth forcing vase" and after a few weeks it sprouted a little tree with tiny leaves. Not likely to get little avocados, but my tiny tree makes me smile.

Pat Tillett said...

The only thing growing around here is me!
That's pretty cool that these things will be full-on trees someday. You will always be able to go back and see them! That will be amazing...

ElsaD said...

Amazing! Great job! I definitely have to start gardening! It's one of the things I would like to master one day! :)

Also, thanks for your lovely comment! It helped me very much! xoxo

drollgirl said...

this is so fab and so fun for both adults and kids! it is amazing to see things grow.

i have been collecting succulents lately. i just love them. :)

Wear The Canvas said...

Lovely post! I miss growing stuff soooooo much. I grew up in South Florida where both my parents were avid gardeners, and I used to love to grow things, make terrariums, and help plant trees. Now, I have an apartment in the northwest with no yard, and no clue how to grow stuff in this climate! It's great to read this post tho. It brings me back!

Amanda said...

That's absolutely amazing! My fiance and I just buit our first greenhouse and started planting our veggies. It is super exciting!

Inés said...

This is a great idea, and something I can accomplish with my kids...I'm going yo try with herbs...basil, mint, parsley...I'll let you know!...

¡Abrazos!
Inés

SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

Nicole Marie said...

Haven't been growing but this is an awesome idea!

Jessa Belle said...

Do weeds count? Haha We have not started growing anything as we desperately need to clear the land first. With the crazy wet then hot weather we've had the weeds completely took over the ranch! Cannot wait to get my hands into some fresh soil!

Love & Lollies... Jessa

Caked Vintage Blog

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

How amazing!!! It must be so rewarding to see.

nunu said...

i loved my sunflower garden at our old house. this year i think we're just going to grow tomatoes in a pot. life in a rental...

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