Plant a Seed with Courtney!
We’re going to plant seedlings today! Here is what we will need:
- A container (A pot, egg carton, egg shell, paper cup, etc.)
- Potting Soil
- Seeds (You can use any garden variety seed. If you’re using seeds from a packet, make sure to read the back to see what conditions your plant grows best in. If you don’t have access to garden supplies, unroasted sunflower seeds and dried beans from the pantry work great.)
- Sunny spot for your plant
Gather all your supplies together and make sure you’re in a work space that can get a little dirty.
- If you’re using egg shells for your seedlings, make sure to wash the membrane out from the inside the shell and let it dry before using it.
- Whatever container you’re using, make sure that water can filter out of the bottom when you water, so the soil doesn’t get too wet.
Fill your container 2/3rds of the way with potting soil.
Place your seed on top of the soil.
Place a thin layer of soil on top of the seed. How much soil you use will depend on the seed.
- Each seed type has a different recommended depth that that plant likes to be buried in. If using seed from a packet, follow the recommendations for how deep down the seed should be.
- If you’re using unroasted sunflower seeds or dried beans from the pantry, make sure to put an inch or two of soil on top of the seed.
Give your newly planted seeds a good drink of water (enough that the soil feels wet to the touch) and set it in a sunny spot. Seeds need sun, water, and nutrients to grow healthy and strong. A sunny window sill or a sunny spot in the yard work great.
Make sure to keep watering and checking on your seed every day or so. You can tell if it needs water by how the soil feels. If it feels dry, go ahead and water. Seeds like water in the beginning. As it grows bigger and stronger, you can water it less often.
When your seed gets big and strong, you can either keep growing it in your container or you can transplant it into a bigger container or a spot outside.
- Biodegradable seed containers, like paper and cardboard, can be put directly into the ground.
- For sturdier materials, like glass, Terra Cotta, etc. you can gently remove the plant from the container and put into a large container of soil, making sure all the roots are covered.
It can take some patience while you wait for your seed to grow, but once you start seeing green leaves, it usually picks up the pace. Every once and a while, a seed just doesn’t grow. If you don’t see results in about 2 or 3 weeks, try again. You can also plant several plants at once, so if a seed doesn’t make it, you have a few back ups.