- Start some radish, lettuce and Swiss chard seeds in a paper towel folded in half and dampened with a little water. Keep it warm but not hot, and keep it moist. In a few days to a couple of weeks the seeds will sprout. This is an opportunity to teach your children about how seeds hold the life of the plant in them, sending down roots to reach the soil and leaves, up to find the light.
- Once you have seedlings it is time to learn about soil. Buy some potting soil or compost and sift it with a colander or wire basket. This will create a medium about the texture of rice that is ideal for new seedlings. Fill small paper cups or used milk cartons with this mix and punch three holes in the bottom for water to drain out. Plant one seedling in each cup by holding the leaf and lifting it carefully off of the paper towel. Try not to touch the stem of the seedling because it is so fragile it will crush with the slightest touch.
16 Feb 2012
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