The Learning Garden - indoor planting

Now is a great time to start an indoor herb garden or if the weather in your area will be frost free in 8-10 weeks, then it is also a good time to start seeds indoors so they will be ready for outdoor transplanting! Here is a site for general frost free dates in the US.  Basil, rosemary, parsley, and chives are some great ones for the kitchen counter.  You need to make sure that the area where you plant them will get the best light possible!  I would love to have them in our kitchen, but there is not enough natural light, so all of our starts end up on the bathroom counters and the kids windowsills (watch out, you do get spills if you try this!)
 The expandable pellets are not the least expensive route, but OH so much fun for kids to help with.  My tot just adores putting them in water and letting them expand.  He says, "pand" when they get bigger!  I let him put the seeds in one per container and this is great for developing one to one correspondence, an early math skill.  He also looks at their progress daily and is being introduced to the word - patience! Growing a garden takes time and effort!
 I tend to use recycled materials as much as possible to give them one more use before being recycled.  We happened to have yummy crab cakes for our New Years feast and their containers looked like mini-green houses, so we are trying them out. They are not deep enough to fill with dirt and directly sow the seeds in, but will hold the pellets of dirt.  If you buy lunch meat at Sams Club, their containers are very deep and you can poke holes in the bottom, fill them with dirt and use the lid to catch the water underneath.
We are trying to start some peas indoors this week.  They do not usually do well with transplanting, but if you are following along with our gardening progress, I have not had good luck with peas and this will be one of my last and final attempts to get them started.  Come on little guys!

On a side note, if you have ever considered buying one of theseresist!  Out of 20 strawberry plants that I planted in each one, only 7 have survived (and I followed the directions to a T).  =( 


  1. How sad that only 7 out of 20 plants survived! Did you get any strawberries? We planted strawberry plants, and they survived beautifully, but animals eat all the fruit! A hanging plant would maybe help solve that problem...

    LOVE the grin on your son's face in that first photo!

  2. Thanks =) He really loves anything to do with gardening! As for the strawberries, I used to have a 4 x8 garden bed devoted to strawberries, but they are not the highest producing crops, so I am now using them as borders in my flower gardens and trying the hanging baskets. I thought the same thing about pests when I purchased them. I just planted 20 in each planter this October (our planting time for strawberries) and some are flowering now - so we will see if they get any fruit.

  3. I love trying to grow things but, I don't have a lot of luck with growing them.

  4. Some seasons I feel like that too! The nice thing about seeds is that they can be re-planted and are pretty inexpensive =)


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