6 Easy Plants Kids Can Grow From Seed

This week we’ve been busy out in our new garden, there’s not much room left in it (the previous owners being much better gardeners than me!) but what we can find the kids really want to fill up with plants. We’ve used plug plants before but this year my son had been growing seeds at school so he really wanted to try this at home to. 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


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 bottom 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


This one has 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!

easy plants to grow with kids


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.

Runner Beans

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.

Sweet Pea

Not only are sweet peas really easy to grow from seed, they also look super pretty in your garden too!

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  1. 3rd May 2017 / 2:01 pm

    We always struggle with getting basil to germinate – I think it is too cold here in the frozen North. Radish is great as is runner beans.

  2. 3rd May 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Some great ideas there. We always find tomatoes and courgettes are pretty successful too.

  3. 4th May 2017 / 5:56 am

    Thanks for the inspiration. Although I actually need this for me, not my children. Green fingered I am not!! 😀

  4. 4th May 2017 / 7:34 am

    We are growing sunflowers and sweet peas here this year, sweet peas are my fave!!

  5. 4th May 2017 / 2:21 pm

    ah we love growing stuff – we have a garden full of veg, and a windowledge full of seedlings atm!

  6. 6th May 2017 / 8:32 am

    Well timed. I keep meaning to plant some things with my 4 year old.

  7. 7th May 2017 / 10:47 am

    We don’t have much luck with growing things here but we keep trying x x

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