Celebrating Earth Day With a Seed Planting Party {Guest Post}


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I love a good party! My sister asked if I would be interested in hosting a Seed Planting Party at her house. YES! Once we hashed out the details, she set up a facebook event so that we could both invite our friends. People were SO excited! One friends asked if this was kinda like a tupperware party but with seeds. Nope. This was just a chance for friends to get together and plant seeds!


EARTH DAY is April 22nd and this is a GREAT way to Celebrate!

The cost for each kit was $5 to our party goers. Some friends purchased all 4 kits! For those that didn't want to purchase a kit, we had free flower seeds and dirt.


I asked my 8 year old niece to teach the kids about planting the flowers. She did great and the kids had a blast.

Here's what you need:

Containers with lids for each kit (I actually ran out)
Coconut Coir Pellets (seed germination pellets)
Heirloom Seeds
Plant markers (we used clothespins)
Marker or Pen
Optional: small baggies for seeds purchased at Michael's


How does it work?

This was a family-friendly event. Adults and kids all had fun. We had a drawing station, A flower planting station outside, a table full of healthy snacks and iced tea AND a table full of Seed Planting Kits!

The kids made signs for the table for each Seed Planting Kit.

Grow Kit options
Caprese: Roma Tomato and Genovese Basil
Salad Garden: Tom Thumb Lettuce and Rainbow Chard
Herb Garden: Genovese Basil and Dill
Butterfly Garden: Butterfly Garden Flower Mix

I placed 6 coconut coir pellets per container, included printed instructions and seeds.

Our table was set up so nicely. Everyone had a chance to see the kits and ask as many questions as they needed.

To "grow" the coconut coir pellets, add approx 2 cups of water to the container. They should expand in approximately 5 minutes. For this, It would be a good idea to have a large pitcher of water on hand.

For tips on using Coconut Coir Pellets, read our tutorial Seed Starting Indoors

Here's what they look like with a seedling already growing

Once the pellets have expanded, plant the seeds directly in the pellet and gently "squish" the coconut to cover the seed.

Use the plant markers to label each variety in the kit. Or, plant only a single variety in the kit and just label the container.

We chose to use Coconut Coir Pellets because the are mess-free compared to the alternative. From our website: "Roots emerge easily through the porous walls of the pellet as a result of the enhanced air circulation created by the unique design and characteristics.

The Coconut Coir Pellet - complete with the started plant inside - goes directly into the ground. As a result, no transplant shock occurs, and the plant has full vigor to mature faster. All the young, tender roots remain totally intact. NEW Coconut Coir Pellets are more eco-friendly!"


Would you like to host a Seed Planting Party? Check out our Seed Combo Packs page to purchase Heirloom, Non-GMO, Organic seeds with discounts and FREE SEEDS included!

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!

HAPPY PLANTING!

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This post was contributed by Mary of Mary's Heirloom Seeds, Back2Basic Health Blog, and Mary's Healthy Meals.

Mary has so many wonderful posts concerning gardening and healthy living.  Be sure to check out her sites.  I'm looking forward to hearing about your seed planting adventures!

1 comment:

  1. This is the cutest idea, particularly for kids. It is a fun way to teach them about how a plant starts and how to care for them.

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