I love this DIY Seed Starter for Kids because it uses recycled items to create a seed starter greenhouse. This is a great way to get kids started with gardening as they can be involved in the process every step of the way.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A SEED STARTER GREENHOUSE
- Clear plastic spinach/lettuce container
- Potting Soil
- 18 toilet paper rolls
- Colored Popsicle Sticks
- Marker (sharpie black)
- Assorted seeds
HOW TO MAKE A DIY SEED STARTER FOR KIDS
At the bottom of each toilet paper roll, make two ¾ inch cuts across from each other, then one cut in the center of each of the halves you created. Basically, you will be dividing the bottom of each roll into four equal parts.
Fold the 4 flaps as you would fold the flaps of a moving box. This will be the bottom of your container.
Place the toilet paper rolls folded side down into your plastic container. Fill each paper roll with potting soil.
Next, cut each Popsicle stick in half using your scissors.
Use your black Sharpie marker to write the names of the plants on the colored Popsicle sticks.
Put in your seeds, one plant per roll and water. Cover with a small amount of soil.
Insert the Popsicle sticks in the correct container.
Now you have all your seeds labeled and lined up in your plastic container. Put your greenhouse seed starter near a light source to allow it to grow until your garden is ready to receive the plants. You can close the lid to create condensation in this DIY greenhouse.
Make sure to water your seeds regularly.
You may need to use a piece of folded up scrap paper to help stabilize the paper rolls in the container. You could also use newspaper or any recycled paper of your choosing.
HOW DO I MOVE THE SEEDLINGS OUTDOORS?
When you’re ready to move your seedlings outdoors, simply remove the rolls from the container and unfold the bottom and plant the whole thing into the ground. The cardboard will decompose into the soil.
Planting the seedlings outdoors is also a wonderful activity for kids. They get to observe the growing process and help take the seeds to the next stage in their development.
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