Spring Break is a Great Time To Plant Seeds for Summer
Typically seeds should be started indoors 4-10 weeks before planting outside, after last chance of frost. Here in VT most people use Memorial Day weekend as the marker of when to plant outdoors, so planting during spring break gives you 5-6 weeks of inside growth.
1. Good seeds for kids to plant with that time frame are Marigolds, Asters, Morning Glory. Sunflowers, Basil, Cucumber and Squash.
2. Container options are many from purchased to a variety of items you have right at home. Egg shells work great, just remember to wash them out and poke a small hole in the bottom for drainage. You can skip the eggshell and plant right in the egg carton also, again poke a small hole in the bottom of each cup. Toilet paper rolls work well also, cut in half then cut 4 slits around 1 end and fold the pieces in to make a bottom. You can even use a citrus rind, cut in half, remove the inside and poke a hole in the bottom for drainage.
3. Fill containers of choice with seed starter mix and plant seeds according to package directions.
4. Place containers in a waterproof tray and water until well moistened, but not soaking. Either place tray in a clear plastic bag or cover with plastic wrap to hold in moisture and make a greenhouse until seeds sprout, then remove plastic, as sprouts need good air flow.
5. Place seed containers in a warm room with lots of sunshine or under a grow light. Best to water from the bottom, keep moist but not wet.
Click HERE to visit a direct link to Get Busy Gardening for an easy DIY Seed Starting Mix Recipe.
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