We 'planted' our sunflower seeds, or rather we put them between bits of cottonwool so we could watch their progress.
Little Miss was intrigued about what was inside the seeds, so she crushed one to have a look. She also ate a few to prove they are not just edible but quite yummy too. Then she shredded up bits of coloured paper and put them around the seeds because she said they needed decorations :)
They germinated pretty quickly in their sunny spot on the window sill, and Little Miss learned that they need/ed water, light, and warmth to start growing. She also noticed that 4 of the 6 seeds grew pretty rapidly, 1 was a late developer, and 1 didn't germinate at all.
The plants we bought as seedlings on the other hand are coming along very nicely. Here's our tomatoes, strawberries, lettuce and rhubarb on the 15th of April:
A week later the strawberries had started budding, the tomatoes had developed buds and the potatoes (which were from a pocket we had not eaten quickly enough and started sprouting in the cupboard - another great learning opportunity!) were just peeking through the top of the soil:
By the 3rd of May the strawberry plant was littered in buds, and the tomato plant covered in lovely yellow flowers. The potatoes seem to have shot up overnight!
We've put straw under the strawberry plants (how appropriate) to lift the fruits off the soil to prevent them rotting while they grow. As soon as they turn pink we'll need to protect them from the birds too.
It seems that the more we eat from the lettuce plants, the more they grow. They are doing really well and Little Miss and Little Man thoroughly enjoy eating the fruits of their labours.
The potatoes are now growing like weeds too, so I'm hopeful for a good crop. The photos below were taken today:
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