This chapter explores several lessons & activities in which your child will:
Prepare their soil to begin planting
Learn about seed growth & plant their seeds
Get a sneak peek into caring for their garden
Water their seeds for the first time
Find a place in their home for their garden
Section 1: Prepare your soil
Key activity: Your child will be filling up each compostable cup with soil & placing them back into the gardening box. This activity is best completed outside. The soil might get a little messy....
Your child’s garden should look like this when they are finished with this section!
Section 2: It starts with a seed…
Key activity: Your child will be sorting their seeds into different types from their seed bag. This will prepare to plant them in the next chapter.
They will also be learning a little bit about what seeds are and gain insight into the plant growth process.
Section 3: Plant your seeds
Key Activity: Your child will stick their finger in the soil to create a small hole to place the seeds in. Then they should place 2-3 seeds of the same type in each compostable planting cup.
They will label which seeds they put in each cup using a popsicle stick or the labels we have provided in the kit.
Section 4: Water for growth
Create a watering schedule with your child. Watering every other day will ensure your plant has enough water but not too much.
Be sure not to overwater! Soil should be a little damp, but not too wet for the plant to grow well.
Talk to your child about:
Which seed type they think will sprout first?
What they are feeling now that their seeds are planted?
Have them show you their drawings about what they think their plant will look like in 3 weeks!
Section 5: Find a home for your garden!
The garden needs to be indoors with access to 6+ hours of sunlight per day!
Growing seeds indoors ensures they will not get too hot
Plants respond to your energy, be sure to place them somewhere they can get a lot of love