Seeding & Planting

Connect Seeding and Planting to Your Curriculum

  • Click Here for a Seeds in Need activity to engage your students in planting, observing, and caring for seeds and seedlings.
  • Click Here for an I'm Hungry: The Photosynthesis Picture activity to engage your students in understanding the science behind plant growth.
  • Click Here for a Charting Growth activity to engagy your students in practicing observation skills throughout the growing season.



Preparing the Seed Bed & Sowing Seeds

After soil has been tilled, use a shovel to break up large clumps of soil and smooth out the area with a rake. Following package directions for seed depth and spacing, use the edge of a garden hoe, a stick, or a finger to draw lines in the soil at the depth you will plant your seeds. Drop the seeds into the prepared bed, gently cover with soil and lightly water the area.  Be sure to label your rows and store your seed package directions in your garden journal or on a bulletin board in your classroom or tool shed. Seedlings will likely need to be thinned after they emerge.


Setting Transplants

Seedlings may be transplanted directly into the garden. Plants that have been grown in a greenhouse may need to be "hardened off" or set outdoors for a few days prior to transplanting so that they may adjust to the light, wind, and temperature conditions on your site. Watering plants thoroughly both before and after transplanting will also help to minimize stress to the seedlings.

Use string or measuring tape to outline your rows, following package instructions for spacing. Use a garden trowel or shovel to dig holes at a depth and spacing called for in the planting instructions. Be sure that you have loosened the soil around where the plant will be to provide plenty of room for roots to grow. Remove plants from their pots (unless they are peat or other biodegradable pot) and keep as much of the soil in tact around the roots as possible. If the seedlings are older and roots have grown into a compacted root mass, gently separate the roots with your fingers. Tuck the seedlings into their holes, cover with soil, and lightly water.  Transplanted seedlings may droop for a day or so as they adjust to their new home, but should begin to perk up with regular watering. 






Additional Information on Seeding & Planting and Vegetable Crop Planting Guidelines can be downloaded below. These excerpts from the Kansas Gardening Guide are provided, with permission, from K-State Research & Extension.   Charles W. Marr, Ted Carey, Raymond Cloyd, and Megan Kennelly, Kansas Garden Guide, Kansas State University, March 2010.

Seeding and Planting.pdf249.45 KB
Vegetable Crops At-a-Glance.pdf77.81 KB