Spring is the time to get outside as a family. Is there any other Spring activity that brings a family together then to garden? In this post, I share how to Start a Spring Garden from Seed with Children.
Starting The Seeds
Over the years I’ve learned that starting a garden from seed can be economical and allow you to grow creative crops. Below are a few tips I want to share with you about starting seeds with Children. With a few basic things to remember this will be a positive experience from beginning to end of the season.
Know Your Zone
Read the package and be sure you know your hardiness zone. Most seed packages have a map on the back to show you or you can look up your hardiness zonehardiness zone on the USDA website. It is super important to know this because in one night with temps below freezing can zap your entire garden.
Before we started planting we examined the hardiness map. It was so darn cute to hear her Little voice say hardiness. She was curious to what the orange color was on the map. It’s kind a neat how a three-year-old thinks!
Seeds to Plant in Spring
Below are a few of the plants you should consider growing with children.
- Swiss Chard
In the video below my Neice and I made a greenhouse out of things you can recycle from grocery store purchases. This was a great project because she went home and taught her mom how to grow peas!
Label the Seeds
It is super important to label those seeds, especially in raised beds. When those new sprouts arrive they all look the same. I had picked up different sizes of tags to label seeds. My little helper seems to love the little tags for her radishes.
Time To Water
One of the most exciting things about growing a garden from seed is checking it daily to see if the soil needs water. Having a fun watering can that a child can easily carry to the garden is ideal. On warm days you can get out the hose with a nice light spray for even more fun! There are things you can do to prevent the soil from drying up quickly if it ends up being a windy and warm Spring. Be sure to mulch around the small plants with straw or other organic material.
Thumbs Up – The raised beds are all watered and more ready to watch some seeds arrive!
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Happy Spring Gardening,