Over the past few weeks, we have been starting seeds to later plant in our vegetable garden.
The kids love to get involved with this process. They help plan, plant, and water the seeds and excitement boils when the seedlings start to pop through the soil.
So far, we have started tomatoes: Roma, Big Boy, Better Boy, Early Girl, and Heirloom Cherry…kohlrabi: Purple Vienna…and Peppers: Jalapeño, Pepperoncini, Marconi Red, Cayenne, California Wonder (large bell peppers), and Green Bell Peppers…and Cucumbers: heirloom pickling)…and Cabbage (Red Acre).
We have many more to plant…more on that later!
Every year we set up a table in the family room in front of a large, sunny window just for starting seeds.
We use a pencil to make a hole in the soil to the proper planting depth.
Then the kids can then go behind us and put a seed or two in each hole.
Once the seedlings come up. The best way we have found to water our little plants, in a gentle way, is by using a spray bottle. This is to another thing our kids enjoy doing.
We put the clear lids on the seed starter trays until the seedlings pop through the soil. As the seedlings grow, we move them to a little larger pots. Then, they take small trips outside on warm days to be hardened-off (See Hardening Off Seedlings).
What method do you use for starting seeds? Have you started seeds for your garden yet?