Ready for Life : Green Fingers

You don’t need a whole garden to introduce your child to the rewarding hobby of gardening.  A sunny window sill will do too.

Plant something that’s hardy and will avoid disappointment. Here are a few potting projects to attempt:

Egg Carton seeds

What you will need:

  • seeds
  • cardboard egg cartons
  • scissors
  • sharp knife
  • toilet paper rolls
  • potting soil
  • water

Here's how:

  1. Cut the lid from the base of the egg carton using the scissors – set the lid aside
  2. turn the egg carton over and using the knife, poke a small drainage hole in the bottom of each section of the egg carton
  3. Fill each section of the egg carton with the soil
  4.  Drop the seeds (according to the package directions) into each section of the egg carton
  5.  Repeat the process with all the seeds
  6. place the egg carton into the lid – the lid will now act as a tray
  7. Lightly water the seeds
  8.  Place the egg cartons in a spot that is warm and has indirect sunlight

Growing seeds in egg shells

  1. Place eggshells back in carton and spray gently with water using your spray bottle.
  2. With a small spoon, gently scoop planting or potting soil into eggshell to fill 

Seeds to use:

  • Sunflower
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Snow Peas
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pumpkin