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Starting Flower Seeds With Kids

The smallest toddler can get in on the gardening game when you start a flat of flower seeds at home. If a child is dexterous enough to pick up oat cereal circles, he can grasp a hyacinth bean vine seed and drop it into the soil. Arm your child with a watering can whose rose delivers a very fine spray, so he doesn’t dislodge the seeds with his exuberance.

Deter damping off by following the spacing directions on the seed package. If you’re dealing with smaller seeds, combine them with sand in a parmesan cheese shaker. As the child “seasons” the soil with the shaker, he’ll deliver just the right amount of seeds per square foot.

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