This time of year, I start to get the itch to be outside. If the temperature is slightly above chilly, and the sun is shining, I am most likely thinking of the garden outside my door. What a miracle our earth is! The fact that the smallest seed can turn into something beautiful, nourishing, or even help heal a wound or illness never ceases to amaze me.
The wonder doesn’t end there though! That huge fire ball in the sky is a mystery in itself and without it, we would all cease to exist. So today’s post is about science and the miracle of life. One simple seed, water, and the wonderful sun!
I had bought this greenhouse kit a while ago from Scholastic for a few dollars, and thought it would be a fun project for the kids and I as a little science project. Since the weather was a little dreary, I thought it would be a perfect time to get our green house started. There are many ways that you can do this too! There are greenhouse kits at the local stores, but you can also do it with a milk jug, a 1 liter bottle, a mason jar, or even a fish bowl!
Kids love to be part of something big, even if it is just a little seed. They will love to see their greenhouse come together and will want to be part of the build process! So don’t be afraid to include them by letting them do the tasks you feel most comfortable with. When holes need to be poked in the bottom or scissors used to cut the jugs in half, parents should preform these tasks or still supervise these steps when older children want to try do them.
Tip: We used tape to help keep our green house together. I could see it being helpful too when putting together the 1 liter bottle or a jug, so the bottom part holding the dirt doesn’t shift around.
Bring on the Fun!
Now that you have your green house together, here comes the fun part! Adding the dirt and the seeds! You can use whatever kind you want. We have Coreopsis, which are yellow and have a long bloom time. The biggest bonus is that butterflies LOVE them!
Now remember, it’s okay for kids to get dirty!
We added the soil (potting soil) to each container, and then watered it down prior to adding the seeds. Some soil is fairly moist, so you could possible skip that step. Each seed packet will have different instructions, as to how far to put the seed into the soil. Ours was only an 1/8″ of an inch. Make sure to follow the directions on your seed packet for the best results. We placed three seeds per container, and lightly pressed each seed down. Then it was time for our little pots to settle into their green house!
Do not over water!
When the soil seems dry add a little water to your greenhouse. Seeds like to grow in moist soil, but not soaked. There should be no standing water, and the holes that you poked at the bottom of your green house should let out in excess water.
When your seedling is getting to big for the greenhouse, it’s time to transplant them outside! Remember the directions on your seed packet, some plants may want full sun or partial shade. So keep those planting tips in mind when looking for a place in your garden. Dig a hole in the proper area and gently remove your seedling from it’s container and place it in the hole. Cover the roots with the surrounding soil, and pat the soil gently at the top surrounding your seedling. Continue to water the plant throughout it’s growing season so you can see how big it gets and what it turns into. Flowers! Vegetable! Now you just have to wait and see. We can’t wait to see what ours become! Happy planting Discover! Friends!
Things to talk about when doing this:
Soil, water, and the sun’s light help to make seeds grow. Just like we need food, water, light, and rest to grow as well.
Explain that the roots of the plants absorb the water, sort of like we do when we suck up water through a straw.
Talk about how plants help to make the air we breath, and this why helping take care of our earth helps to promise clean air to breath. Check out this link for more detail on explaining plants and the air we breath. http://www.atmosphere.mpg.de/enid/1__Plants_and_climate/-_plants_and_environment_151.html
You have to love the internet, we found a great little how to on wikiHow:
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