How to Plant Organic Vegetables | This Old House: Live

8May 2020


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Cost: $40

Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

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Steps for Starting with Seeds:
1. Start with a seed tray and fill it to the top with an organic seed starting mix.
2. Use your finger to push down the area where you will be placing the seed. The approximate depth is listed on the seed packet.
3. Make labels with the seed name and date planted to keep track of the progression.
4. Sow the seeds. Of course, your kids will do what they want so put 2-3 seed in each seed cell for the smaller seeds. Larger seeds like peas, squash or cucumbers you can place on top of the soil and push them in.
5. Cover the seeds with the same soil.
6. Water with a watering can or more fun use a spray mist bottle.

Steps for Planting Seedlings:
Planting the seedlings is pretty straightforward:
1. Gently remove each seedling from its pot, gently tease the roots with your fingers, and then push back some of the soil with your hands and place it in the hole.
2. Make sure the plant isn’t too deep in the garden bed.
3. Once everything is planted, give everything a good watering and keep it well watered.

Garden Tasks for Kids:
• Watering
• Weeding
• Look for friends in the garden, like earthworms and ladybugs
• Harvesting – Carrots and beets are a one time harvest, but tomatoes, zucchini, peas and cucumber have multiple crops—the more you pick the more they will produce.

I love cooking and think it is an important life skill to have. Having your child cook what they have grown is the best educational lesson you can teach and is a great activity to understand where our food comes from.

Some of you may know that my husband is from England, and we spend just about every summer there. We love to visit Kew Gardens Royal Botanical Gardens in London to explore and discover.

One of my favorite books I picked up at Kew is: The Kew Gardens Children’s Cookbook [https://amzn.to/2Wtmo89]. It is a fun book to read with your kids with topics covering of what is a seed, how and what it needs to grow, to harvest and how to cook using what you grow.

Happy planting!
Jenn

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