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Bedding Plants

Materials

  • Potting soil mix
  • Milk cartons
  • Used pony packs or small containers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Assorted seeds—parsley, tomatoes, cabbage, chives, marigolds, zinnias, asters, sunflowers, squash, poppies
Directions

  1. During the winter, buy seeds to start inside.
  2. With scissors, cut off one side of a milk carton and staple the opening.
  3. Fill halfway with potting soil and lightly sprinkle with water to dampen.
  4. Sow seeds, one kind per carton, according to the directions on the packet.
  5. Label the carton or staple the seed packet to one end.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a dark, dry place until seeds germinate.
  7. Remove wrap and place in a sunny spot, watering often.
  8. When seedlings are 2 or 3 inches high, transplant 6-8 into smaller plastic containers.

In a few weeks they will be ready for sale. Let your neighbors know that you have bedding plants for sale and watch them disappear!

Note: Find a good gardening book and check for climate and soil suitability when selecting seeds.

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From 365 Smart After-School Activities by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray. Copyright © 2005 by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with Sourcebooks, Inc.

Buy the book at www.amazon.com.


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