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.
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Things you need
- Tomato seeds
- Plastic pots
- Trowel or small shovel
- Wooden stakes
Poke holes in the bottom of the plastic pots if there are none for drainage.
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.
Place the pots indoors in a sunny and warm location.
Feel the dirt often for moisture. Water the pots if the soil feels dry.
Wait for seeds to sprout. Weed out weaker seedlings so that each pot only has one in it.
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.
Check soil moisture daily, watering the plants if it doesn't rain.
Put the stakes in the ground for support as the tomato plants approach 1 foot tall. Gently tie the tomato plants to the stakes.
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.