Kids Transplanting Tips

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Kids can sprout seeds indoors and transplant them into the container that will hold the fully grown plant. Kids can also get starter plants at the garden center. When kids grow seedlings in flats, individual plug trays, or plantable coconut coir fiber pots, they know exactly which seeds have germinated and which have not. Kids can choose the strongest and biggest sprouts and start more seeds if necessary. When the seedlings are 4 or 5 inches tall and are less vulnerable to insects, critters, and birds, kids can transplant them outside. In climates with cold temperatures in the winter, veggies can be grown in cold frames and transplanted to a raised bed garden in the spring. Kids can find a container that is large enough to hold the fully grown plant. At the garden center, kids can find a container that is large enough to hold the fully grown plant and the right organic potting soil with living microbes, like Dr. Earth brand. To transplant the veggie starter plants, kids can fill the container with soil and add water to moisten, but not soak the soil. Create a hole to place the plant in the soil. If the plant is not in a plantable fiber pot, kids can slowly remove the starter plant from its pot, gently easing the root ball into the hole and cover it with soil. Finally, kids can make a colorful plant marker with non toxic paints on wood sticks to name their veggie plant.

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