GOING GREEN – Simple Seed Starting 101



edible seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
produce: apples, lemons, peppers, squash, tomatoes
spices: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds
other: popcorn kernels, garlic cloves, whole lentils


some spices are actually seeds, if they are not too old
many can be planted just like seeds from a packet

loose popcorn for air or stove popping can be planted too

a garlic clove isn’t technically a seed, but each clove
can be planted and will grow into a new garlic plant

as you slice your produce (for example apples, lemons,
peppers or tomatoes) carefully work around the seeds

after you are done preparing your produce for cooking,
pick out the seeds from the remaining scraps

leave any seeds that are wet or have a coating, (for example
tomatoes) to dry out at room temperature before planting

REMEMBER to label everything!


after the seeds have dried out, label and store in envelopes
you can save them for later or plant them right away

you can also swap your seeds with friends or community

next time, we will learn how to plant these seeds to grow
seedlings for a windowsill garden or your home garden



SEEDS: Beans, Sunflowers, and Nasturtiums are easy to
handle and germinate quickly, or use any seeds you have

small paper cups, toilet paper tubes, or recycled plant pots

lightweight seed starting or potting soil


add a small amount of water to the soil until it is just barely
damp and then fill the recycled seedling containers gently

don’t pack the soil down, leave it fluffy with air for the roots!

use a pencil to poke small holes for the seeds to drop into

different seeds need to be planted at different depths:

many seeds can be planted as deep as they are large
for example: a 2cm bean would be planted 2cm deep

this is not always true, so when possible you should
consult the seed packet for more specific details


place the pots in a sunny windowsill and check the soil
regularly – make sure the soil does not dry out but don’t
flood the seeds either!

in a few days or weeks you will see tiny green seedlings

pull out the weakest seedlings,
so the remaining plants have space to thrive

next time, we will learn how to turn these seedlings into a
small windowsill garden or plant them in your home garden

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BOOK LIST: Books for Kids – Seeds

Books for Kids: Seed + GardenIt All Starts With A Seed
Author: Emily Bone / Illustrator: Sally Elford
Hamilton Public Library – J 635 BON
Quicklinks – It All Starts With A Seed
(Sample Pages)

Never Get Bored Outdoors
Authors: James Maclaine, Sarah Hull and Lara Bryan
Hamilton Public Library – *on order
Quicklinks – Never Get Bored Outdoors
(Sample Pages)

Author: Emily Bone / Illustrator: Samara Hardy
(Sample Pages)


How Flowers Grow
Author: Emma Helbrough
Quicklinks – How Flowers Grow

Gardening for Beginners
Authors: Emily Bone, Abigail Wheatley / Illustrator: Lisa DeJohn
Hamilton Public Library – J 635 BON
Quicklinks – Gardening For Beginners
(Sample Pages)

Quicklinks – It All Starts With A Seed
Quicklinks – Never Get Bored Outdoors
Quicklinks – How Flowers Grow
Quicklinks – Gardening For Beginners