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Seeds For Kids, The Veggie Garden

Updated on November 21, 2012

Seeds for a Vegetable Garden

Making a seed grow into a beautiful eatable plant is one of Mother Nature's master pieces. Lucky for us, the old gal does most of the hard stuff for us! But, if we want to help her get things growing from seeds in our very own garden, we need to learn a couple helpful tips on taking care of the seeds, and how to plant them for the best success. This is just what we will be learning here today!

Gardening from seeds is fun and very inexpensive!
Gardening from seeds is fun and very inexpensive! | Source

How to Get Seeds Started

Starting Seeds in Containers

Starting your vegetable garden from seeds can be done in all kinds of containers. When planting your seeds in containers, it is important to put them in a warm sunny place when you see them start to sprout (like a windowsill). Try using any of these containers, they will work just great!

  • clay flower pots
  • milk cartons
  • coffee cans
  • paper cups

You can use just about anything that can have a few holes poked in the bottom, but will still hold soil (dirt). Oh, and those holes you will be poking in the bottom, they help the extra water drain out so the seeds don't stay too wet, for too long.

Seeds come in a variety of brands. I like to use "Burpee", "Renee's Garden", or "Cornucopia" brand seeds.
Seeds come in a variety of brands. I like to use "Burpee", "Renee's Garden", or "Cornucopia" brand seeds. | Source

Starting Seeds in Garden Dirt

When you plant seeds directly in the soil of your garden, they need to be planted far enough apart and tucked into the dirt to the right depth. If they end up too close together, or too close to the surface, or too deep in the dirt, they just won't grow right. This is where we get to help Mother Nature a little bit. Look on the back of the seed packets, you will find all of the stuff you need to know about each type of seed. Some seeds need more space, and some need to be buried a little deeper than others. After reading the seeds packages, you will know just how each vegetable seed you will be growing must be planted. These packages even tell you what kind, and how much sunlight each seed likes!

Before Planting Your Seeds in Dirt

By soaking your seeds in water overnight, it gives them a boost and helps them to sprout faster. But, make sure you will be planting them the very next day. Once you get them wet, they shouldn't be dried out again!

What Kind of Containers Work Best for Planting My Seeds?

You can use lots of things to grow vegetables in! Even empty yogurt, or cottage cheese containers. Or make your own!
You can use lots of things to grow vegetables in! Even empty yogurt, or cottage cheese containers. Or make your own! | Source

Thinning Seedlings

Once they are cute little seedlings, keep an eye on how they grow. If you can tell they are growing about an inch or more apart, they should turn into strong vegetable plants. If they are less than one inch apart, you will need to "thin" them out.This means you will snip off any of the smaller plants right where they pop out of the dirt. This gives the bigger stronger sprouts more room to spread their leaves and soak up the sunlight, which will keep them healthy and help them bear more edible vegetables down the road.

How To Feed Plants

Plants Need Food Too

Just like every kid and grown up needs good healthy food to grow and stay strong, plants need to have good healthy dirt, full of vitamins and nutrients to grow strong enough to make vegetables for us to eat! The stuff plants like to eat is called fertilizer. You can buy it from just about any garden supply store, or you can make your own by vermicomposting, better known as "raising your own worms". It is really easy to do, and the worms make great bait for when you go fishing!

Tending Garden Seeds

Newly Planted Seeds

When you put your seeds into the dirt, make sure you pat the dirt down with your hand. Not too hard, but enough to hold the seed in place when watered. Now, carefully water the soil, make sure there are no puddles or gooey mud. And when you water the newly planted seeds, be very careful so the water won't rinse the seeds out of their row.

Daily Garden Soil Moisture

When growing your own vegetable garden from seeds, it is important to check the soil every day. When the dirt is dry on the top, it is time to water it. The dirt should feel damp when you touch it—like a washcloth after it has been wrung-out—and never soaking wet. It is a real good idea to use a gentle spray when watering your garden.

When To Feed Garden

It is important that your garden has a good healthy meal on the very first day you put the seeds in the dirt. Another meal will be needed every three weeks or so. If you buy your fertilizer from the store, be sure to read the instructions. Sometimes you need to reduce the strength of it by adding water. This is usually the case if you buy a fertilizer called fish emulsion; where adding 3 tablespoons to a full gallon of water (then feed it to your garden) is the general rule. Otherwise, this really strong food can be bad for your plants.

Gear for the Garden

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Almost everything you need to know about how to grow each type of seed can be found on the back of the package! Using a good variety of seeds makes your vegetable garden your very own personal salad bar!Snail bait can be very bad for pets, so make sure to buy only the kind that has pet safety labeling!Choosing a gentle sprinkler will help to keep your newly planted seeds moist and safely in their rows!
Almost everything you need to know about how to grow each type of seed can be found on the back of the package!
Almost everything you need to know about how to grow each type of seed can be found on the back of the package! | Source
Using a good variety of seeds makes your vegetable garden your very own personal salad bar!
Using a good variety of seeds makes your vegetable garden your very own personal salad bar! | Source
Snail bait can be very bad for pets, so make sure to buy only the kind that has pet safety labeling!
Snail bait can be very bad for pets, so make sure to buy only the kind that has pet safety labeling! | Source
Choosing a gentle sprinkler will help to keep your newly planted seeds moist and safely in their rows!
Choosing a gentle sprinkler will help to keep your newly planted seeds moist and safely in their rows! | Source

Vegetable Planting Information Chart

VEGETABLE TYPE
LIGHT
ROW SPACING
PLANT SPACING
PLANTING DEPTH
DAYS TO GERMINATION
PLANT HEIGHT
Sweet Corn
full sun
3 ft.
12 in.
1 1/2 in.
7 - 10
6 - 8 ft.
Japanese Cucumber
full sun
1 1/2 ft.
hills: 4 in.
1 in.
5 - 10
under 1 ft.
Tricolor Zucchini
full sun
1 1/2 ft.
6 in.
1 in.
7 - 10
under 1 ft.
Brussels Sprouts
full sun
2 ft.
1 1/2 ft.
1/4 in.
7 - 10
2 - 2 1/2 ft.
Cowpea (Blackeye)
full sun
3 ft.
4 in.
1 in.
7 - 10
36 in.
Bush French Filet Beans
full sun
1 - 2 ft.
4 in.
1 in.
5 - 10
3 -4 ft.
Salad Scallions
full sun
6 - 8 in.
1 in.
1/2 in.
10 - 20
1 ft.
Fava bean
full sun
2 ft.
6 in.
1 in.
8 - 12
3 - 4 ft.
Soy Beans
full sun
2 ft.
3 in.
1 in.
7 - 10
3 - 4 ft.
Pea (Green Arrow)
full sun
3 ft.
6 in.
2 in.
7 - 14
3 - 4 ft
Baby Leaf Lettuce (mix)
full sun
1 ft.
Do not thin
Barely cover with fine-textured soil
7 - 10
4 - 6 in.
Information derived from seed packaging labels for each type of vegetable seed listed.

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What Do I Do With The Left Over Seeds

Storing This Year's Seeds for Next Year's Garden

After you plant all of the vegetable seeds you want, a few seeds might still be left in the packages. To make sure they stay good until next year, you should keep them in the packages they came in. Make sure to roll down the tops and place them in tightly sealed containers. Store the containers in a nice cool, dry place. Next year, you can pull them out and start your garden all over again!

How To Grow Your Plants From Seeds

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  • Jools99 profile image

    Jools99 

    6 years ago from North-East UK

    Great article - and there is nothing like growing vegetables and flowers with your kids; they are fascinated by it and especially thrilled when they get to eat what they have grown.

    Voted up etc.

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    Nithya Venkat 

    6 years ago from Dubai

    Great hub with useful information, starting off from seeds is a satisfying experience. You feel on top of the world when a seedling sprouts. Voted up.

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Gustheredneck~ LOL! I know what you mean, I almost changed it several times! But, decided to stick with it the way it is. Thanks for the giggle, buddy!

    HubHugs~

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    Gustave Kilthau 

    6 years ago from USA

    K9KS - I wish you hadn't done that to me with the article title. All of a sudden I saw little kids popping up out of the garden - some of them flowers, some fruit, and some vitamin-enriched veggies of one sort or another. :)

    Gus :-)))

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Teresa~ So glad that you have a little gardener in your home! Thank you for your comments and I appreciate that you enjoyed the illustrations.

    HubHugs~

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    Teresa Coppens 

    6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Well done hub. I will be showing this one to my middle son who is the avid kid gardener in our house. Love the illustrations!

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Cara~ I would be honored by the HubLove! Thanks for sharing your comments!

    HubHugs~

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    cardelean 

    6 years ago from Michigan

    This is a great hub with wonderful information. We love gardening in our yard but it has been a little more challenging since we've moved into our new home. My inlaws do have a farm not too far from our house so we spend a lot of time there picking all of the wonderful fruits and veggies! I'm going to link this hub to my hub about using your five senses for gardening if that's ok with you!

  • K9keystrokes profile imageAUTHOR

    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Ruchira~ I agree, planting from seeds absolutely teaches children patients; 7 to 10 days must seem like a very long time when one is five or six years old! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your comments! I appreciate your support!

    HubHugs~

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    incomeguru~ How fun! I hope you have a blast starting your garden from seeds. So glad the hub grabbed your attention. Thank you for sharing your remarks.

    Cheers~

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    Pamela99~ So very nice to see you here in the comments, Pam. I would miss gardening as well. Maybe a small indoor herb garden would be the answer for you? Thank you for your support, it is very appreciated!

    HubHugs~

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    coffeegginmyrice~ Thanks! I really appreciate that you enjoyed the hub and found it helpful for grown-ups, too!

    Cheers~

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    India Arnold 

    6 years ago from Northern, California

    leahlefler~ I love the raised beds idea, saves the old back! It is so fun to watch the amazement in their faces as the seedlings pop out of the ground, and then become plants and food. You can almost see their little minds at work! I haven't had great luck with watermelons, so this year I am trying them again, but from starter plants. Wish me luck! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here!

    HubHUGS~

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    Ruchira 

    6 years ago from United States

    interesting read. it sure is very motivating if kids sow the seeds and reap their fruit. it also teaches them to be patient and see the nature of growth.

    voted up as interesting and useful.

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    Oyewole Folarin 

    6 years ago from Lagos

    The content is actually more than 'gardening for kids', in fact, am also interested. This has really grabbed my attention. Thanks for sharing!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I use to grow vegetables from seeds almost every year but I haven't had a garden in the last couple of years. I really miss it. Your hub gave great, specific instructions in how to succeed. Up and useful.

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    Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

    6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

    This is actually great and helpful information, K9keystrokes! Not just for kids but for me too! Voted. Cheers!

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    Leah Lefler 

    6 years ago from Western New York

    Great article, K9keystrokes! We grow vegetables in our raised beds every year. Last year I let the kids sow the seeds and tend the plants - we had a lot of watermelons and tomatoes to give away (I had more than I could can or eat fresh)!

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