Now that we’re past May 15, we can all get out and start planting our gardens! Learning how to properly plant and care for the plants in a garden are really important skills for kids to learn, whether they are interested in food or farming or not. We hope you like this week’s non-cooking Kid’s Kit and hope to see you back next week!
This recipe was originally developed as part of our Kids Kits 2021 program, with financial support from Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and Office of the Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
Planting Seedlings / Plant Starts
- 1 Pot
- Potting Soil
- 1 Seedling
- 1 Coffee Filter
- Pour soil into a large, clean container (e.g. bucket, large cooking pot); moisten with water until the soil holds together when squeezed into a ball. Not too much water, it shouldn’t drip water when squeezed.
- Place coffee filter in the bottom of the pot. The filter prevents the soil from flowing out of the pot. Fill the pot about half-way full of potting soil. Gently press on soil to get rid of any air pockets.
- Take the seedling out of its small pot: tilt the plant to the side and gently rock/squeeze the seedling’s pot to release the plant. Put the seedling in the pot to see if the level of the soil is correct. The top of the seedling root ball should be about 1-2 inches below the top of the pot edge. If too low, add more soil. If too high, scoop some soil out.
- Once seedling is out of small pot, gently squeeze and massage to break up the square shape from pot. (Example in video.)
- Place seedling in center of pot. Hold steady and fill in around the root ball with soil. Be sure to cover top of root ball with soil.
- Gently press around root ball to get rid of any air pockets.
- Water gently from a pitcher or a watering can until soil around seedling is thoroughly soaked.