This is the easiest way I’ve found to start seeds inside. This is the second year my adorable has helped and it is a favorite 15- minute activity.
At your local garden center, buy this tray with these Peat Pellets included ($4.99 at my local Home Depot).
If you have a decent relationship with your local deli owner, you can also ask him for his clear plastic sandwich clamshells and buy just the Peat Pellets for $1.99.
Here’s what they look like when you start.
Now here’s the part that my elder adorable describes as “a blast”:
You dump water directly on them and watch them g-r-O-W.
The directions say to “gradually add” water to the pellets, but my 4-year-old adorable just dumped the whole thing on at once.
And of course it worked.
Directions are for the birds.
So in about 45 seconds, they went from completely flat and dry to fully expanded. It’s fun to watch the water get sucked into them.
The tray was about 1 and 1/4 inch full of water and not a drop came out when I tried to remove the excess.
Elder adorable decided on sunflowers to plant.
So you just push the seeds down into the little openings.
I’ll never get tired of that chubby little hand.
Then you snap on the clear cover (wholly humidity already!) and place away from sunlight somewhere where it can’t be thrown to the floor by little hands.
I’m sure we’ll have this in no time!
Photo by RKramer62, taken in Whitehall, Michigan.
Well a girl can dream…
While this is so fun for the adorables to watch the seeds transform into little plants right in the comfort of their own home, I’ve actually had better luck pushing the seeds directly into the ground with my index finger.
But perhaps that’s just me….
What are you planting this year? What seeds do you have the best luck with?
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