Hello Friends of Kidding Around,
Happy Monday! It’s still National Poetry month so we’ll start off with a poem by Shel SilverStein.
Eat a tomato and you'll turn red
(I don't think that's really so);
Eat a carrot and you'll turn orange
(Still and all, you never know);
Eat some spinach and you'll turn green
(I'm not saying that it's true
But that's what I heard, and so
I thought I'd pass it on to you).
We hope you had a fun filled weekend! Other than sleeping in and baking sweets, we tried out the Test Tube Garden View kit this weekend.
Believe it or not this kit was super easy to do and surprisingly not that messy. From start to finish it probably took about 15 minutes.
This kit includes:
- 1 pack of each seed type : carrot, radish, and onion
- 1 wood stand
- 3 test tubes
- 3 peat pellets (my kit came with an extra)
- 1 drip tray
You’ll also need:
- 1/3 cup of water per pellet, (Since I had 4 pellets I used 1 1/3 cup of water),
- A small bowl or container (something you don’t mind having dirt in)
- Gloves or a plastic spoon or knife (this isn’t needed but makes the project a little neater)
The instructions include a chart to track your plants progress.
The first step is to hydrate the pellets. I put three peat pellets in a bowl and let them sit in 1 cup of water for a 3-4 minutes. (If you’re doing this project with a child, I recommend hydrating the peat pellets before you sit down to do the project.) When the peat has hydrated you can them break apart with a spoon or your hands.
Next fill the tubes a 1/2 from the top. You can use your hands or a spoon to pack the dirt into the tubes.
When you have all 3 tubes filled, sprinkle a few onion seeds in the first tube, a few carrot seeds in the second and radish in the third. Remember where you put your seeds if you plan on journaling your observations.
The last step is to cover the seeds with some extra soil and then place it in a sunny spot.
Now comes the hard part...waiting :(
Make sure to check on your veggies and water as necessary. The soil should be damp but not soaking. Pour off any excess water.
This kit is a great intro into gardening, biology and a great lesson in patience and care.
*Track your plants progress from seed to veggie in a journal.
*Make it a art project:
Draw the different seed types and once planted sketch each plants progress every few days.
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