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DIY Home Gardening Activity


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Home gardening is a simple way to let our children understand the nature’s way of life. From a single seed to a full grown plant, we can teach our children about growing up, the importance of nutrients and learning to care for each other. Since gardening can be a low cost activity, every family can have fun doing it right at their doorsteps. Now, let me share with you my DIY home gardening journal on Father’s Day, Sunday.

Heading down to our local supermarket NTUC Fairprice, I have purchased a large pack of healthy soil, a pack of hot pepper (or chili padi) seeds and a pack of sunflower seeds. During my previous home gardening experience early this year, I bought a small pack of soil which cost me $2 from a gardening store. After three weeks, I got tons crawling maggots running in the soil. This time round, I bought a $7 soil which comes with fertilizers and pesticides. This makes it very convenient and easy for a gardening noob like me.

My gardening ingredients bought from NTUC Fairprice cost me less than $10. As for the flower pots, I have decided to reuse the large sized plastic cups from KOI. This is because their cups are tough, comes with clear marking and it’s transparency allows me to take a peek at the roots and the presence of water.

 

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

 

With my flower pots half-filled with soil, two seeds of the same type are placed in each flower pots. Clean water is then poured gently into the soil, making the soil moist and comfortable for the seeds. With the help of Mummy, Kayden had used the black marker to label down the names of the seeds in each flower pots.

 

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home


Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

 

Using cable ties, I tied up the flower pots onto the railings so that the seeds can have adequate amount of sunshine. Now, we have to wait four to six weeks before the seeds starts to germinate.

 

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Ai Sakura
    14 August 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Argh I like the idea of gardening but my fingers aren’t green enough :( do post updates on your plants after they germinate!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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      Soon Koon
      14 August 2015 at 5:49 PM

      Yar, I will as I will be shifting them to a bigger flower pot. ;)

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    Bumble Bee Mum
    14 August 2015 at 11:17 AM

    So how did it go eventually? Did the plants grow up strong and healthy? Never knew those cheap $2 soil would have creepy crawlies in them… Ewwww…. Thanks for the warning!

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    Amie Chen
    14 August 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Seems like a fun activity. Usually all the plants I try to grow in my home usually died-ed and cactus can even die too. Maybe I should restart my engine to try and grow something.

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      Soon Koon
      14 August 2015 at 5:51 PM

      Yeah! Have fun when you start to ignite the gardening experience. :)

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    May
    14 August 2015 at 3:15 PM

    What do you do with them after?

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      Soon Koon
      14 August 2015 at 5:53 PM

      I hope my chilli padi grows well and probably pluck some of them when I need them to spice up my food.

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    Angie.S
    14 August 2015 at 5:49 PM

    I love gardening and we grow mint, basil and lemon balm on our balcony. Our blue pea plant has been blooming too! :D

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    Waiwai
    14 August 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I love sunflower, but we have no luck in gardening, we couldn’t even make green beans grow!!

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    Christy @ kidsrsimple.com
    14 August 2015 at 10:46 PM

    How did the plants grow? Gardening is surely a fun activity for the kids! Teach them patience too :)

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    Claudia
    14 August 2015 at 11:04 PM

    No green fingers leh. Cannot do such things with my girls.

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    Jolin
    15 August 2015 at 11:15 AM

    I do not have green fingers. Hope your plants will grow up strong and have a great harvest!

  • Reply
    Susan
    15 August 2015 at 10:20 PM

    I’m terrible with plans and have absolutely no green fingers not even with air plants, can you beat that :P

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