How to Grow Tomato Plants for Kids

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How to Grow Tomato Plants for Kids
Kids can enjoy the fruits of their labours when they grow tomatoes. (Seiya Kawamoto/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Teaching kids how to garden at a young age fosters both a love for growing vegetables and indispensable knowledge through hands-on experience. By beginning with planting a seed to eating the end product at dinner, your kids learn not only about how to grow a tomato plant, but also the different stages of the plant's life cycle.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tomato seeds
  • Plastic pots
  • Soil
  • Trowel or small shovel
  • Wooden stakes
  • String

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  1. 1

    Poke holes in the bottom of the plastic pots if there are none for drainage.

  2. 2

    Fill the pots to the top with potting soil. Instruct your kids to put three seeds in each pot, pushing them just under the surface of the soil.

  3. 3

    Place the pots indoors in a sunny and warm location.

  4. 4

    Feel the dirt often for moisture. Water the pots if the soil feels dry.

  5. 5

    Wait for seeds to sprout. Weed out weaker seedlings so that each pot only has one in it.

  6. 6

    Transplant the seedlings outside once the danger of frost has passed by digging a hole in the soil of your garden and carefully transferring the seedlings out of their pots and into the ground in a sunny spot.

  7. 7

    Check soil moisture daily, watering the plants if it doesn't rain.

  8. 8

    Put the stakes in the ground for support as the tomato plants approach 1 foot tall. Gently tie the tomato plants to the stakes.

  9. 9

    Instruct your kids to harvest the tomatoes when ripe. Have them twist each tomato by the stem to remove it, to avoid damaging the plant.

Tips and warnings

  • Water only if the soil is dry. Too much water ruins the plants.

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