In this activity, children plant seeds in a mini greenhouse and observe the tiny seeds transform into little sprouts, then grow into seedlings that are big enough to be transplanted to the garden.

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For fast results, use the seeds of quick-growing plants such as radishes (one of the quickest-growing vegetables), cucumbers, lettuces, peas, spinach and herbs. Children can measure and chart the growth of their seedlings week-by-week.

Equipment

What to do

  • 1. Push pins through the bottom of the containers to create small drainage holes.

  • 2. Place the containers on the tray. Fill the containers three-quarters full with seed raising mix, and pat down gently.

  • 3. Plant the seeds according to the instructions on the seed packet, cover with soil and spray lightly with water.

  • 4. Close the containers or cover with lids.

  • 5. Place in a warm, sunny position (the containers could be kept inside or outside, or moved around as needed).

  • 6. Check the containers daily and spray lightly with water if the soil begins to dry out.

  • 7. Transplant seedlings to garden beds, pots or containers.

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