Indoor Seedlings

Your child should grow seedlings indoors about one month before he wants to plant them outside.

  • Styrofoam cups
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Pen
  • Tray
  • Spray bottle full of water
  • Plastic wrap


  1. Fill Styrofoam cups with potting soil.
  2. Plant the seeds according to the instructions on the seed packets, then label each cup with the name of the plant in it.
  3. Put the cups on a tray and spray them with water until the soil is damp.
  4. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and place it on top of your refrigerator.
  5. Don't put the tray in a sunny spot.
  6. Every day, lift the plastic from the cups for an hour. Water the plants when the surface of the soil looks dry.
  7. When green sprouts appear, remove the plastic wrap and place the tray in a sunny spot.
  8. When the plants are four inches tall, you can transplant them.
  9. Help the plants adjust by putting the seedlings outside for a few hours each day before you transplant them. After a week, they'll be ready for planting in your garden.

Copyright © 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


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