Children are fascinated by sowing a seed, watching the seed sprout, the sprout morph into a plant, the plant begin to bloom and eventually produce a flower, fruit, or vegetable. Kids love to garden. Their sponge-like minds absorb many valuable lifelong lessons that can be taught through gardening,
Here are some easy-to-grow seeds to plant with children today.
Sow seeds outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. If you have a short growing season they can be started indoors. Perennial sunflowers should be planted in spring or fall.
As long as there is no further threat of frost, zinnias can be planted any time through the end of June.
These are easily grown from seed and can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost. If sown directly into the garden, plant after the threat of frost, and once the ground has warmed up to 64 F.
Plant your daisies in full sun. Good soil drainage is also needed. Daisies do not like wet feet.
Sweet peas are easy to grow. The most important thing: get them in the ground early to take advantage of cool spring weather. All varieties make excellent cut flowers.
Milkweed seed can be planted directly in soil or started indoors. You can sow milkweed seeds by scattering them on the soil surface 1/4-1/2 inch apart, and then cover them with about 1/4 inch of additional soil.
All types of squash are very easy to grow from seed. Wait until the ground has warmed in the spring, and then plant the seeds in a sunny location.
Plant bean seeds directly into the garden a few weeks after your last frost date, once the soil has warmed up in the spring.
Cucumbers can be started indoors, but they are sensitive to being transplanted. So it’s best to plant the seeds directly into the garden in the spring.
One of the easiest seeds to grow. They won’t tolerate the cold though, so plant the seeds in the ground after danger of frost.
Start the seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost. Plant the seedlings into the garden in late spring or early summer.
They don’t like the cold, so plant the seeds outdoors 2 weeks after the last spring frost once the soil has warmed.
Raspberries need full sun, and are best planted in spring after the threat of frost has passed.
Plant in the spring once nighttime temperatures consistently remain 35 degrees Fahrenheit or above. You can even plant as late as mid-June.
Red and white currants prefer cooler climates and will even grow well in shade. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, opt for white currants. Blackcurrants require very little care.
Berries should also be grown in well-drained soil in full sun to maximize your harvest. Once planted, water, deep enough to moisten roots.
A dwarf tree is easy but delicate, so place it in a spot out of the direct wind. Also, while it’s healthy to prune trees, you’ll want to limit pruning to only severely damaged or broken branches.
An important detail when planting citrus is to watch the salt levels of your soil. Symptoms of salt damage can range from the slow growth of plants to burnt edges on leaves.
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