The site for growing, cooking and eating vegetables.
This month: Germination, Propagation and lots of excitement planting seeds
Growing from seed
From a workshop with young growers at Cultivate Waltham Forest we bring you tips on propagation..
And Rudi Radishes gives his tips on indoor and outdoor germination.
Bodhi the proud red pepper grower
Kids: Have you ever grown something from seed and then eaten it? Would you like to try?
Great, you’re in the right place. How about: Meeting the Seedizens, watching some speedy beans, or writing to us with your news.
Grown-ups: Our website is packed with simple and playful activities so you can try them with kids or on your own.
Places to start: Read this weeks sustainable edible news, try a recipe, start a growing project.
Ethical, original and educational gifts
Shop: Get growing at home. We have a growing collection of ethical, original and educational gifts for children and grownups that will have everyone excited about growing, cooking and eating their own vegetables. Your purchase supports our project.
Here’s our recommendation of the 10 best vegetables which you and your children can grow from seed. We’ve chosen them for their variety in colour, flavour, shape and seasonality. This selection of vegetable seeds will teach your children about how a seed germinates, the conditions that they need to grow into plants and how to harvest the different parts of the plants for food.
- 1 cup of flour: wheat, spelt or buckwheat if you want them gluten free.
- 1 cup of liquid: dairy milk, water, soya milk, nut milk.
- 1 egg: or leave out the egg and add some extra liquid, mashed banana or apple sauce.
- Pinch of salt
- Baking powder: not essential but for a fluffier Flipper
- Spoon of grease: butter, oil or goose fat, if you dare.
During Henry Fawcett Open Day
London Early Years Foundation see active play at the heart of the learning which takes place at their nurseries. This Spring their open days for parents focused on growing activities and they designed some fun workshops around the Secret Seed Society characters and online activities. Which you can try at home or at your nursery.
Here’s some tips on propagating plants from seed from a workshop we ran for young growers at Cultivate Waltham Forest.
A propagator creates the perfect conditions for growing vegetables from seeds, keeping the soil moist and the air warm. You can buy a propagator like this in our shop
made out of recycled plastic and designed for re-use. You can craft a propagator out of a plastic food or drink container. By using a propagator your seedlings should be showing within a week.