After enjoying our success of growing salad leaves last year with the #TigerGrowAlong project we were pleased to be asked by Tiger Sheds to join in again this year, but this time with the challenge of growing some herbs, in our case Basil. Our kit arrived just over a week ago and the children were excited to get started.
Rather than using just a packet of seeds, we were provided with a really simple way of planting seeds from an innovative British young brand SeedCell. Their seeds come in handy snap off recycled cells that you just poke into the soil and they gradually absorb the moisture from underneath as they are watered, keeping the seeds protected until they germinate. The pulp then breaks down naturally nourishing the ground leaving a lovely mulch for the growing plants.
We lined our planter before the children filled it with the compost and then gently pushed the SeedCells into the soil. Everyday after school they have then been popping into the garden to water the cells, eager to see something grow that they can eventually pick and use to cook with.
Although we’ve had some great sunny days, it’s been a bit cloudy too, but we are delighted to see some life finally coming out of our pods. Our baby Basil plants have arrived and we are looking forward to following their progress over the next few weeks and hope to show you them in use in a recipe once they are old enough to pick and eat.
Keep following us for updates using the #TigerGrowAlong hashtag on twitter and look out for another post in the near future with the results of our herb growing project.
Thanks to Tiger Sheds and SeedCell for providing the goods for our little herb gardening adventure.