Sowing Radish Seeds in a Container
You know, kids love to get their hands in the soil and participate in any activity that adults are involved in, and I think getting them involved in gardening as early as you possibly can is a great thing. It just helps them connect to nature. Over the years, I've learned a few things about what's easy for kids when it comes to growing something. I just want to share those tips with you.
One of the things that I find is that if the seed are large that you're planting, like these sweet-pea seed or even English-pea seed or sunflower seed, they're easy for the kids to handle and easy for them to plant, so think about that. The other thing is you want things that are big and showy -- that's why sunflowers are so great -- and you also want things that are easy to grow. Radishes are a natural. You can start them indoors when temperatures outside are a little too cool, and they germinate very quickly.
In fact, they'll germinate within four to six days, so you get instant gratification by planting them. The other thing is that the seed is very affordable. A packet of radish seed can go a long way in entertaining a kid on a winter day. What I like to do is just start with a basic terra cotta pot.
It doesn't even have to be this large. I fill it with just a good potting soil and then make sure it's all smooth and even, and I break up any clods that might be in there. You want all the soil particles to be consistent in terms of their size. And I also moisten the soil just a little bit. Sometimes the potting soils can be really dry, and they need to be moistened first.
And then I just take some seed like this -- it only takes a few out of a packet -- and I sprinkle them evenly across the soil just like this... And then take about a half-inch of soil to add to the top. And in no time, these radish sprouts will be up and putting a smile on a kid's face. Now, you can move these outdoors because radishes can take some cold. Once they get about this tall, you can move them outdoors. I would just make sure that they're protected where the container and the soil doesn't freeze.
Now all I have to do is add some water, and you'll just want to make sure that your radishes stay consistently moist. You'll want to put them in a sunny window while they're in the house. Within 30 days, you'll have radishes to harvest, which is another exciting moment for a kid. There are lots of different ways to get kids involved in gardening. This is just a really basic, simple one, but it's one they'll remember for a long time.