I love sowing seeds. Usually I sow them straight into the soil, but I thought this year we would sow them in containers and keep them inside so we could watch them germinate and grow. It's fascinating how fast they sprout and stretch towards the daylight. It's super simple and very satisfying. When they get big enough we will transplant them into the garden.
All you need is a packet of seeds, seed raising mix and some containers (we recycled plastic ice-cream containers)
First puncture some holes into the bottom of your container for drainage.
Fill your containers three quarters full with the seed raising mix. (Read the safety directions on the bag, there are some precautions you need to take and I usually do this part myself)
Pour the seeds into a little bowl, this way the children can easily take a pinch of seeds and sprinkle them over the top of the soil.
Sprinkle a light layer of soil over top. To water them just run your hand under the tap and sprinkle the water from your fingers over the seeds. You will need to do this everyday.
Put your containers inside a tray so any soil or water that comes out of the bottom is collected and place them in a sunny spot inside. They will grow towards the light, so turn the containers around every day or so.
The kids love checking everyday to see if they have sprouted. Once the seeds peek their heads out of the soil you will be amazed how fast they grow.
These ones we sowed only eight days ago.
Sadie is looking forward to picking them once they flower. xx