This Nature Activity shows you how to make homemade biodegradable starter plant pots with markers all from either: newspaper & a jam jar or loo-roll inners; lolly-pop sticks; a few odd buttons; and some glue or wire, sprinkle in some soil & seeds - and there we have it! We hope you have fun making them.
Whilst using this nature activity to inspire learning, know you are helping you and your family's wellbeing like this:
1) Get Active - although this activity won't instantly get you active, if you have access to a garden/allotment that your starters can eventually get out into, then you will come to see how gardening can add to an active lifestyle.
2) Keep Learning - Learn how to make starter pots (to grow plants and vegetable starters from seed) with objects you will have to hand can help you understand that you don't have to have much to get started with adding beauty and food to our planet. As they grow you will begin to understand just how intelligent and tenacious plant life is. Tending to and growing plants from seed takes time, love and attention - it will help to follow any guidelines given on the seed packets or from reliable online sources. Learn which seeds will like your sunny windowsills and which will prefer the shade. Consider looking at photosynthesis as a family topic and how your plants reproduce and spread their seeds.
3) Be Mindful - Engaging your family on a daily basis to be able to watch seeds grow is a beautiful thing, be prepared however that not all seeds will be successful and the factors of over- or under-watering are real, as are temperature changes and access to daylight and sometimes even soil conditions. With all these factors in mind we would recommend planting more than one seed and to discuss these issues with your family if you are doing this together to avoid any excessive disappointment.
4) Practice Kindness -planting more than one seed is certainly what our planet needs as a kindness to our world. It is also kind to look after our soils and plants where possible with natural methods rather than chemical sprays that can hugely affect our already dwindling insect populations and the food chains they belong to, including ourselves.
5) Think Community - if you have spare seeds, or too many starters grow well for the capacity of your garden, allotment, windowsill, balcony or patio, why not share them with your neighbours or place them on your doorstep for people to take for free and share the kindness.
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