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It is important to give children green thumbs early so that they can begin to understand where food comes from. Get them away from the TV and Ipad and get them out into the garden. Kids love seeing something grow from scratch and lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow, and it can be grown all year round.
What you need:
A plastic cherry tomato or strawberry punnet - with holes in the bottom
Lettuce seeds (approx$1.40/packet at Bunnings or your local nursery)
Seed raising (approx $7.00/10L bag)
Gardening gloves for little fingers
Place handfuls of the seed raising mix into the empty punnet until it is full - make sure children are wearing gloves when they do this.
Make a small indentation in the middle of the pot with the wooden skewer and add a few seeds and cover the seeds with more of the seed raising mix. Water lightly.
Close the lid and place pot in a bright sunny position and water lightly every second day. Windows sills are ideal. Make sure you have taken the sticker off the top of the punnet (use eucalyptus oil if you are having trouble).
After a week or two, shoots will appear. Look for the biggest shoot. Carefully pull out the small shoots surrounding it and toss aside.
Keep the pot in its sunny position and continue watering lightly every few days. Within a month the lettuce will big enough that the lid can be kept off and within 8 weeks you will have a lettuce! You can always pick leaves off at any time to eat and the lettuce will continue to grow.
Another fun thing to do is to let your kids take photos along the way so that they can track progress of what they have created.