Over winter our veggie garden was forgotten. So we spent the first few days of the school holidays out in the sun giving it some much needed TLC getting it ready to sow some Spring seeds. We took a trip to our local nursery to pick out different fruit, vegetable, flower and herb seeds we wanted to grow.
These seed starters are a fun way to get school age kids into the garden, a perfect activity for the school holidays! The seeds are embedded into the shredded newspaper, which acts as a mulch, helping your seeds to grow. They also make wonderful gifts!
>>> How To Make: Shredded Paper Seed Starters
Time: 40 mins
Piece of Cardboard
1 // Shred newspaper and tissue paper, and then cut into small squares.
2 // Place in a bowl and cover with water.
3 // Mix with your fingers (tissue paper will bleed out and may stain your fingers and or clothing).
4 // When the paper is soft, drain out the water. (We used a mesh bag to squeeze out the water.)
5 // Press a small handful of the damp paper into a cookie cutter. Be sure to press down firmly into all corners so it holds its shape.
6 // Sprinkle the top of the paper with your chosen seeds.
7 // Top with a thin layer of the paper mix, continuing to press firmly. Remove the cookie cutter and place on a piece of cardboard. Allow to completely dry out in the sun. This can take up to 48hrs.
8 // Once completely dry you’re ready to get planting! Place the seedling starters into the ground or a pot as you would normally with seeds. Give it a good drink of water & wait! In a few months, you’ll have a garden of growing veggies!
Now to learn the art of patience whilst we wait for our seedlings to grow! Show us your Seed Starters; we’d love to see them! Tag @oliviasfoster and #craftyliving or #nannyshecando in your photos!
Happy Crafting! And don’t forget to keep watering your veggies!
>>> Are you excited for warmer weather and spring?
Olivia is a full time career nanny based in Sydney, Australia. She is passionate about children and child development. She uses creative and fun activities to develop teachable moments. Olivia shares an insight into her ‘nanny life’ on her social media accounts. You’ll find Olivia on Instagram & Pinterest at @oliviasfoster, sharing Arts, Craft & Activities for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers. Up next for Olivia is the exciting launch of her website ‘A Crafty LIVing’, coming soon!