My kids love to be busy. Indoors, outdoors, at home and away. They like to have a purpose. But they have short attention spans.
Planting seeds is a great, simple activity that does not take a lot of concentration so is perfect for my pair.
Today we have been planting different seeds, using 3 different methods.
First of all we planted some cress seeds. Cress is a really easy, child-friendly plant to grow, as it takes minutes to prepare and needs very little care and attention for it to grow.
First of all we selected a couple of mugs that we don’t really use anymore. In the bottom we placed some kitchen roll and then poured in a bit of water to moisten.
Then we popped a couple of cotton wool balls on top of the damp kitchen towel.
All that was left to do was put on the cress seeds and then we covered with clingfilm (apparently this keeps the moisture in).
And it is as easy as that.
We have placed our cups on the windowsill and now just have to wait for a few days for them to germinate.
MIXED HERBS AND TOMS
The second lot of seeds that we planted were a selection of tomatoes, mint and parsley. Now I realise that this is not the right time of year to plant tomatoes but Rachel insisted so we did it anyway.
For these we used a couple of egg boxes that I had been saving until I found a purpose for them!
First of all we put some soil into each of the wells – filling each about 3/4 full. Then we gently patted it down.
Next we added the seeds – mint first, then parsley and lastly tomatoes.
I made some lollipop stick markers, so we would know what was what, so we stuck these in.
Then we had to add a top layer of soil, pat down again and then water them gently.
We have placed them on the windowsill of the spare room where they will see the sun. Now we just need to remember to water them!
WILD FLOWER GARDEN
We also planted some wildflower seeds out in the corner of our garden where we have an empty flower bed.
Firstly we cut back the bush and turned the soil. Then we sprinkled the bag of wild flower seeds over the ground. Then we topped with some all purpose compost . Finally we watered.
And now we wait!
Look out for updates on how our seeds our growing!