Because growing requirements vary among herbs, be sure to read each seed packet before you begin.Materials
- Popsicle sticks
- Empty coffee cans or other leakproof containers
- Potting soil
- Herb seeds, such as basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, marjoram, oregano, dill, cilantro, mint, or chives
- Spray bottle full of water
- Help your child write the name of each herb on a Popsicle stick.
- Fill each container two-thirds full of potting soil. Plant the seeds according to the instructions on the packets, using a different container for each herb.
- Mark each container with the appropriate Popsicle stick.
- Spray each container with water until the surface of the soil is completely damp.
- Place the containers by a sunny window.
- Spray the containers regularly to keep the soil damp but not wet.
- Seedlings will appear in two to four weeks, depending on the herb.
- Let the plants grow for several weeks.
- Use the leaves for cooking and freeze or dry any surplus.
- You can freeze herbs by chopping them, mixing them with a bit of water, and freezing them in ice cube trays.
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