SPROUTS – Windowsill Edible Gardens



beans or seeds
lettuce/greens are ideal, or select DWARF varieties to plant
small amount of damp potting soil (not dripping wet)
paper towel, cup of water
jar lid or shallow dish with lip
recycled containers for planting


fill each container with damp potting or seed starting soil
gently pat the surface but don’t press the soil too hard

sow seeds according to packet instructions
roughly as deep as the seed is large
i.e. 2cm bean, planted 2cm deep

small seeds can be scattered across the surface
of the soil, then covered with a thin layer of soil

for larger seeds, make a small hole in the soil wit
a pencil or skewer and gently push the seed into the hole

make sure all seeds are deep enough, and covered by soil
use a spray bottle to water thoroughly after planting

REMEMBER to label everything!


place the containers on a bright windowsill out of direct
full-day sun, or plants may get too hot and “bolt”

water thoroughly and evenly every day
don’t let the plants dry out but don’t drown them either!

as the plants grow, thin out smaller or weaker ones

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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

PLANT LIST: Easy Seeds to Save

garddwest seed saving plant list

** some seeds are easier than others to save, certain seeds require specific techniques and many hybridize

Have you ever scooped pumpkin seeds before carving a jack-o-lantern?  You were halfway to “Seed Saving”, and  if you cleaned them for roasting, you were almost there!

Instead of roasting the pumpkin seeds, simply cleaning and air drying them will provide you ample seeds to grow more pumpkins next spring.  All seeds of the Cucurbitaceae family can be saved this way – squash, pumpkins, some gourds, zucchini, cucumbers, melons.  You may already be familiar with “seed saving” peas and beans, if you have ever forgotten a few pods on the vine.  When harvesting your beans and peas, leave a few pods on the plant to turn brown.  Remove the hardened seeds from the pod and ensure they are entirely dry before storing.

Save seeds from fruit or vegetables you grow yourself, or purchase produce from local farmers, markets or gardeners to ensure suitable seeds for your climate.

There are so many different reasons to save your own seeds – from breeding your own garden favourites to trying new farmers-market specialties, you can grow varieties you might never be able to purchase.  Cost-effective, one tomato can produce more seeds than a shopping basket full of seed packets!  Using locally-adapted seeds will increase diversity while strengthening the health of your garden.  Even if you just save seeds from just one variety you have come to love, and continue to purchase the rest of your seeds, the results are still very rewarding.  Saving your own seed is a fun, economical way to get a jump on next year’s gardening season!

HOW TO – Seed Saving 101

CLICK HERE for basic instructions