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Growing your own veggies

Growing your own vegetables from seed is a fun spring time activity that doesn't need to be expensive. Packets of seeds are affordable from your local garden shop or supermarket. You can even use seeds from vegetables such as pumpkins and tomatoes if you dry them out! Try using old egg cartons or toilet paper rolls (with the base covered) as containers to grow the seeds in.

To grow vegetable seedlings you will need:

  • Cardboard egg carton (or toilet rolls)
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds - start with something easy like cucumber, raddish, lettuce or zucchini
  1. Add potting soil to individual egg cups in carton (be sure to do this outside or in a place with lots of fresh air).
  2. Poke a hole in the center of each cup. Place one seed in each hole. Cover with soil.
  3. Lightly cover soil with water, a spray bottle or old drink bottle works well.
  4. Place egg carton on a tray or something to catch excess water.
  5. Keep the carton in a warm light place until they begin to sprout. Make sure to water seeds everyday. The soil should stay very moist.
  6. Once the seeds have sprouted into small seedlings, you can transfer them to a permanent location in the garden. Egg cartons will break down so you can directly place them in the ground.