Kids Propagate Seeds

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Kids get lots of satisfaction growing their own veggies from seed and watching the seedlings develop into productive plants. Kids can collect seeds from their veggie garden and grow new plants from the seeds. Kids can watch the flower on the veggie transform from a bud to a bloom ready to be pollinated. When the flower fades, the seed head swells and releases their seeds. On some plants with small seeds like lettuce, kids can tie a fine mesh bag over the seed heads to catch the seeds as they fall. For other plants, kids can harvest the plant after it has seeded and turn it upside down in a paper bag to catch the seeds as the plant dries. Kids can write the name of the seeds on an envelope and store them in a cool, dry place. Some seeds are found inside the fruit, like tomatoes and pumpkins, while other seeds are held in pods, like peas and beans, which can be left on the plant until they begin to brown.

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Kids can dry the seeds inside of fruit and pods for a week on seed trays before storing in envelopes. Sowing organic crops from seed allows the widest range of varieties possible, including some crops that only grow from seed. With a small wooden tool, kids can make a soil cube of growing medium that has been lightly compressed and shaped by a form. Kid can grow seeds in these blocks of rich compost held together by bacteria. A soil cube serves as both a container and the soil for starting and growing seedlings, forming strong root systems due to increased oxygen to the roots helping the plant to grow quickly after being transplanted.

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Kids can also start seeds indoors in small flats and starter kits or sow them directly into pots or raised beds in their organic container garden after the last frost. Kids enjoy gathering seeds and love watching them grow into new plants.

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