An Easter Activity for the kids that doesn’t cost a lot and everyone will love!
Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the sun and the school holidays! Just thought I’d mention an Easter Activity that the kids may like to do that doesn’t cost a lot and it’s so rewarding – planting Marigolds!!
We chose the African variety – because they stand taller than the general Marigold and they come in vibrant oranges and yellows!
Here’s what you need:
A gardening tray with small holes in the bottom
1 bag of Compost
1 watering can (with sprinkler end attached)
Here’s what you do:
First get your tray and start scooping the compost mix in. When the mix reaches about an inch from the rim of the tray, pat down firmly with your hands.
Once the compost mix is flat, wet it with water. Any excess water should drain through the holes at the base of the tray. Make sure that the compost is now moistened well.
Open your packet of seeds. If your packet has more than about 75-80 seeds, use half of the packet in this tray and repeat steps 1 and 2 in a separate tray and finish the packet in that one. Gently sprinkle the seeds into your tray, making sure that they are spaced out enough in order for each to have room to grow.
Now you should have a flat damp mix with a scattering of seeds. Then scoop some more of the compost mix on top, until it reaches the top of the tray. Once you have patted this layer down with your hands, water it lightly, but don’t overdo it or the seeds may drown.
Marigolds need sunlight and warmth. For both of these things, I suggest you cover your tray(s) with a layer of glass – this will also keep any creepy crawlies or unwanted visitors out of the tray!. Leave for 1 week – 2 weeks*, keep the trays moistened and check regularly during this time for any seedlings. *estimated time
6. When the seedlings start growing put them individually in tiny pots (we use yoghurt pots!) until they at least two inches high, then plant outside. Don’t worry, we’ll blog when this happens so you can see them.
Happy Planting and Happy Holidays everyone!