Recently we’ve been busy both in our garden and inside the house getting everything ready for summer. Outside it’s been mainly neatening up our work from last year but indoors we’ve been starting up some easy plants to grow with the kids. We’ve used plug plants before but after my son had started growing seeds at school he really wanted to try this at home too and over the years we’ve tried a few different things. If your kids are the same and you want to get some results (because there’s no one as results driven as kids) then these are the easy plants that kids can grow from seed that we’re either already giving a go or hoping to try this year. I hope it inspires you too!
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Easy Plants Kids Can Grow From Seed
Getting your kids excited about the natural world is a great thing to do and finding some quick growing seeds for kids is a great way to do that. You can go with your kids interests for flowers or food or go for a bit of both! As much as these are easy to grow we normally try out a couple of different seeds at once so your child can see what grows best or – eek – just in case you have a bit of a disaster and something doesn’t grow.
Sunflowers might be a classic but I figure there’s a good reason for that and besides, who doesn’t like how cheerful they look? I figure planting sunflower seeds* is a bit of a rite of passage for kids. We started by growing these directly in the garden but didn’t have much joy so we’re growing them in peat plant pots* indoors and then moving them out instead. The one pictured at the top of this page in a plastic cup is my daughters one from nursery!
Lettuce is super easy to grow from seed and if you use a seed tape* you don’t even have to think about spacing them out correctly. Getting kids to grow vegetables is also a really good way to encourage them to eat more as it’s more fun – my dad has a big allotment and my kids are always keen to race outside and try all of the things that they wouldn’t touch with a bargepole at home!
This one was totally my kids own choice (possibly because I told them you often have basil on pizza) so we are currently growing basil from seed. It seems to be going really well but I will report back if we end up having a disaster instead!
Cress is perfect for growing with kids because it grows so quickly, meaning you get results before they get bored. Egg cress heads are a classic way to grow cress but this year we’ve been using cress seeds* on a piece of kitchen paper on a small plate and keep it nice and moist. An added bonus was that the kids both tried it which they wouldn’t have done if I’d just popped some on a plate. Instead of just popping your seeds onto a bit of kitchen paper like we did you could also try doing them as a picture, perhaps putting the seeds down in the shape of your child’s initial or drawing a simple smiley face with two clumps of seeds for eyes and a curved line for a mouth (that’s if the idea of eating a cress person doesn’t freak your kids out, my two obviously like anything a bit daft!)
Runner beans* are a great vegetable to start growing from seed. My kids have previously grown them in pots before but I love this idea about growing them in on the window if you want to watch the actual growing process.
Not only are sweet peas* really easy to grow from seed, they also look super pretty in your garden too!