Kids Gardening: Starting Seeds Indoors

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

So, if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you might have heard that we will be moving from our 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom HOUSE in the beginning of March! 😀  We are all super excited–Mom and Sophia are finally getting our own bedrooms, oh yeah!  This also means we are going to have some actual ground that we own surrounding us so we can have a garden that isn’t just some herbs in containers on the patio.  We still have herbs, but also some veggies. My plan is to do container gardens–just three this year–plus our herbs.  My schedule will still be such that automatic watering systems will be necessary, but I’ve got some plans that I of course will share right here as we set them up. But, that is not what I’m here to talk about today. Today the focus is starting seeds indoors.

My dad is a veracious gardener.  I grew-up on fresh/frozen or canned produce grown in our garden that was about the quarter of the size of a football field (I never really knew what store bought canned produce tasted like until I went to school).  On occasion, my Dad would start some of his seeds indoors.  He did this more when I was older, not living at home, but I remember visiting and seeing the little plants all lined up in front of a window at his house. I believe it was tomato and pepper plants (I’m sure Grandma Sue will correct me if I’m wrong). This year, I want to start a few of our seeds for our brand spanking new garden indoors, too. From the research I’m doing, we’ve got to get planting soon, which is a bit problematic with use moving in two weeks. However, a challenge is something I like. We’ll just have to plan to plant some of our seeds the same week we’re moving…we can do it!

In our garden, I plan to do a couple of cherry tomato plants and some peppers, broccoli, green beans, carrots and peas.  I’ll get onions, potatoes and full size tomatoes from my dad. Of those veggies, it seems that the best for starting indoors are peppers, tomatoes and broccoli.  According to the University of MN, the should be started indoors on the following schedule:

Early March Broccoli
Mid-March Peppers
Early April Tomatoes

Sooo, right after we get all our stuff in the house and we need a break from the remodeling (scrapping popcorn of ceilings, swapping out counter tops, adding a pantry, painting, etc…); we’ll plant us some broccoli seeds 😀

We plan on sharing the planting (and remodeling) with you all AND, if you’re doing any seed starting (or remodeling) we’d love to see and hear about it…so share with us here or at our Facebook page!  Do you have a garden? What’s your favorite thing to plant with the kids? We’d love to know!

Happy Family Gardening Everyone!

Photo from One Green Generation

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Janet Says:

    The TickleMe Plant is a fun plant to start indoors. The leaves of this amazing plant close and the branches droop when you Tickle It

  2. the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny) Says:

    I have never heard of that … we’ll have to check it out!

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