It’s the start of our ‘Winter Vegetable Garden -Grow Along’ and the kids are sowing their seeds. This year our little gardeners have chosen to grow the following winter vegetables, Kale, Leek & Onions.
Would You Like To Grow Winter Vegetables With Kids?
If the answer is yes, then check out our previous post ‘Starting A Winter Vegetable Garden – Grow Along For Kids’
We want to help and encourage kids to start gardening and growing their own veggies by inviting other “little gardeners” to grow along side us. We will be sharing what we do, how we do it and when we do it so you can follow along. Seeds can be sown in trays, outdoors anytime from Late June to Early August.
Starting Our Winter Vegetable Garden With The Kids
This year, we have sown our seeds during the first week of July. Later on in the season we will transplant our seedlings into containers. We are hoping to be able to harvest some of the crops from December onwards.
Sowing Seeds Outdoors In Trays
Now that we are in Summer it is warm enough to sow winter vegetables seeds directly outdoors in seedling trays.
Once sown, we will be putting our trays into the cold frame to protect them a little better from heavy downpours, pests etc.
How many seeds do I sow in each cell?
No seed is 100% guaranteed to germinate and that is why we always sow 2 seeds per cell.
If 2 seeds happen to germinate we leave the strongest looking one to grow and pull out the other.
How many cells do I sow seeds in?
We always sow double the amount of what we actually need to make sure we have a back up plant incase anything goes wrong in the upcoming weeks.
Here is what we want to grow this year and how much seed we have sown.
|Kale||2 plants||sow seeds in 4 cells||2 seeds in each cell|
|Leek||6 plants||sow seeds in 12 cells||2 seeds in each cell|
|Onions||18 plants||sow seeds in 36 cells||2 seeds in each cell|
Tips On Sowing Seeds With Kids
Before you start we wanted to share some of our tips for sowing seeds with kids.
- If possible use a Rose Attachment on the watering can.
- Let kids give the compost a heavy watering before sowing seeds. Tiny seeds can be easily moved or washed away by a heavy watering.
- Don’t worry if extra seed is sown
Let’s get started……….
To sow your Winter Vegetable seeds you will need:
- Seed Trays (Individual Cells)
- Seeds: We are sowing Red Russian Kale (KALE) , North Holland Blood Red Redmate (ONION) & Heirloom Blue De Solaise (LEEK)
- General purpose Compost: We use Westlands Gardener’s Multi-Purpose Compost
- Watering Can ( with a rose attachment)
- Label sticks
Sowing Winter Vegetable Seeds With Kids
- Fill the seedling tray with compost.
NOTE: Make sure children do not pat down or compact down the compost. The compost needs to be soft and loose to allow the tiny roots to be able to freely move through it.
- Give the compost a heavy watering.
- Sprinkle some seed into your childs hand or on a plate to make it easier for them to pick up seed.
- Place 2 seeds in each cell.
NOTE: When sowing seeds with younger children it’s pretty much a given that there will be a few that end up in places that they shouldn’t be. Don’t worry! Extra seed can always removed or pinched out as seedling.
- Sprinkle over some compost to lightly cover the seeds.
- Gently water the seeds.
- Label your seedlings.
- Pop them somehwere safe in the garden.
How Often Should I Water Seedlings?
- Whilst seedlings get established it is important to water little and often.
- We give our seedlings a light watering every day unless it has rained.
In a few weeks time you should start to see some emerging seedlings. (fingers crossed)
In the meantime, if you have any questions please feel free to message me or comment below.