Autumn is nature’s time for seeds. When flowers finish blooming they leave behind their treasure. Have a look around the garden or go for a bush walk and see how many seeds you can find! Look in seed pods, berries and fruits.
Seeds come in all sizes and shapes, some are big like a pumpkin seed or a pea seeds. Or huge like an avocado seed. Some are very very tiny, like dust. Get your magnifying glass out and look closely at seeds. Check out their amazing shapes and textures. Can you guess which ones are designed to float on water or blow in the wind? Some seeds hitch a ride from place to place on birds or other animals (including people).
Eggshells make cute enviro-friendly seed pots. When your seedlings have grown, simply crack the shell a bit more and pop them straight in the garden, shell and all. Vegetables, flowers, herbs and even trees can be started this way. The eggshell will slowly decompose in the soil, feeding nutrients to your plants. Rip the egg carton apart and put it in your worm farm or compost heap.
Note: Since the weather is cooling down, it's a good idea to place your seedlings outdoors in their pots to get them used to being outdoors before you plant them in the garden. This is called ‘hardening off’. In frosty climates seedlings are best left in their pots till spring. Check the information on your seed packet.
Make drainage holes in the bottle of a clear plastic container and fill it with damp seed raising mix. Use a stick to poke pea or bean seeds down the sides of the pot, so that you can see them. Keep the seed raising mix damp as you watch them grow. Take some pictures to record how fast they grow.
As an extra experiment you could make two or three pots and test them out in different places. Try a cold place and a warm place, or a dark place and a light place. Find out how different seeds grow in different temperatures or light.
Grow flowers or herbs in a baby pot and add your own finishing touch.
Veges: Peas, Broccoli, Lettuces, Beetroot, Radishes
Flowers: Pansies, Calendulas, Wallflowers, Sweet peas, Poppies
Herbs: Parsley, Thyme, Chives
Eggs shells make easy containers for growing seedlings.
Seeds come in all shapes and sizes.
Watch them grow in a clear container!
Grow flowers or herbs in a small pot and add your own finishing touch.