Starting Seeds With a Toddler

Starting Seeds With a Toddler - This Country Home

This is an exciting year in our garden!  It will be our first serious attempt at gardening since Little Miss was born.  I know that she’ll be too young to remember much but I truly feel that getting ’em started young is the key to instilling a life long love of gardening and homegrown food.  I decided that we’d begin the season by starting seeds (plus have you seen the price of a tomato plant?!).

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 Starting Seeds with a Toddler - This Country Home

Starting seeds with a toddler running around can get a little messy.  So, I did a few things to prepare first:Starting Seeds with Toddlers - This Country Garden

Picked out my seeds.  She’s to young this year to really care what kind of tomatoes we’re going to grow so I took care of this step.

Got my soil ready.  My seed starting mix was pretty dry so I went ahead and put it in a large mixing bowl and wet it down.

Label the pots.  I didn’t do this first and I should have since Little Miss has a mild obsession with writing implements.  If she’d have gotten her hands on the permanent marker, it could’ve been bad!

Clean your pots and trays.  Some gardeners recommend you clean your pots before every plant, others say it doesn’t matter too much.  I didn’t clean mine this year, but if you’re interested in learning how to naturally get your seed trays and pots clean without harsh chemicals, check out this tutorial by Jill over at The Prairie Homestead.

Next came the adventure!  Fair warning – expect this part to get a little messy!

I started this round of seeds inside since it was a little cold and breezy.  You can cover the area you’ll be working on with newspaper, but in our case, we were working on the linoleum floor, so I didn’t worry about it.

First I filled the little pots up with soil.  I say I because I hadn’t really caught Little Misses attention yet.  Like my little pots?  I’m using these peat pots (affiliate link) to start our tomatoes and peppers, because they always outgrow the tiny seed trays so quickly.Starting Seeds with Toddlers - This Country Home

Next, I labeled all the pots.  See above note – next time I’ll be doing this step BEFORE we start our project!

By this time, I had Little Misses full attention and together we carefully haphazardly dropped each seed in it’s specific hole where-ever it fell.  Once I started doling seeds out individually instead of letting her try to grab one out of my palm, the whole process went much smoother.  Also once I started guiding her hand to each specific hole we were better able to control our seed dispersion.

That’s It!

Once we added the last seeds, I put the plastic lid over the tray and sealed it with a little freezer tape on each side.  Little Miss was not happy to be finished but I think she’ll be pretty excited when little tomatoes and peppers start popping up!

Starting Seeds with Toddlers - This Country Home

Do you let your little ones help with starting seeds?  How do you involve your toddlers in your spring gardening activities?

Gotta do the sniff test and make sure it smells like proper dirt!





2 Replies to “Starting Seeds With a Toddler”

  1. Looks like fun. Do you have a grow light.? My seedlings get really leggy and fall over.

    1. Thanks, it definitely is fun! I’ve never had a grow light. Our kitchen gets a ton of light & warms up nicely in the afternoon so I haven’t really needed one. I do find that if I’m not turning them every day ( every other day at the most) mine will get leggy too. The tomatoes are always the worst, so this year I’ll be pinching them back a little so they put more energy into growing thicker stems & will be more sturdy when I plant them.

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