Growing Seeds with Kids

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Growing seeds with kids ... loads of fun, simple ways to explore with kids how different seeds in the garden germinate

Such excitement!

Our recently planted peas, sunflowers, carrots, spinach, radishes, lettuce & beetroots are all growing like topsy in our fab new greenhouse.

We have grown veg before but the greenhouse has allowed us to grow so much more quickly.

It has also provided us a fabulous opportunity both to compare very different seeds and to talk about the conditions in which plants can grow.

My daughter was absolutely convinced her seeds needed soil to grow and was amazed to discover her pea seeds would grow shoots in just some cotton wool and water!!!

And she was equally sure that plants couldn’t regrow once you cut there roots off.

So again was amazed when the mint we’d ripped out of the front garden … it had escaped from its containers … grew totally NEW roots in a jam jar of water.

These simple experiments got her asking all sorts of questions about how plants grow and the lifecyle from seed to plant to new seed …

And as she was super keen to experiment more I wrote us a list of …

  1. Seeds that germinate well in cotton wool
  2. Plants that re-root in water
  3. Veg cuttings that will grow again
  4. Veg that sprout to grow new plants
It should definitely keep us busy for a while … 🙂

Seeds that germinate well in cotton wool …

Just fill an old jam jar with cotton wool or kitchen roll tuck your seeds in & water till damp …

  • Cress
  • White mustard seeds
  • Butter beans
  • Mung beans
  • Runner beans
  • Lima beans
  • Broad beans
  • Peas
  • Alfa alfa
  • Avocados
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts (removed from their shells)

You can also grow bulbs in water but it’s a good idea to use small stones or water beads in the water that support the bulb so it doesn’t get too wet but also give the roots room to move …

Plants that will re-root in water …

Some plants … particularly herbs … will grow new roots in water alone … just put the stems in a jar of water & keep in warm space without too much direct sun light …

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Violets
  • Begonias
  • Geraniums
  • Ivy

Change the water every 3 or 4 days to keep it oxygenated ..

Veg cuttings that will grow again …

Some veg cuttings will re-root and grow again including …

  • Spring onions
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Fennel
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Carrot tops
  • Garlic

You can grow them in water or soil … but they seem to do best in water …

Vegetables that sprout to grow new plants …

All those pesky veg that start sprouting before you have a chance to eat them can be planted again to grow new plants including …

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Ginger

A small plastic greenhouse for less than £20 is a brilliant way to grow seeds of all sorts.  You don’t need a big garden … our’s is squeezed on the patio by the kitchen window …

We got a Gardman green house from our local garden centre … you can get them from Amazon in the UK … but B&Q also have a version.

You do need to put some bricks or weights on the bottom tier to stop them blowing over in the wind and the covers don’t last for ever but can be replaced.

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18 thoughts on “Growing Seeds with Kids”

  1. I literally didn’t know most of the information in this post! my daughter loves nature and planting but we failed everytime we tried…except this week we got basil and it sprouting finally! I just pinned this so i can actually go back to it and re root some veggies!

  2. Great ideas! We’re attempting to grow garlic and spring onions from our offcuts this year but I had no idea so many other things grew so well in water and from offcuts! x

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