Watch your garden grow
Having fresh veggies is easy and fun.
Activity is open to all ages and is suitable for homeschool activity for K-12 using Georgia Performance Standards/Standards of Excellence with science, earth systems and meteorology, depending on how in depth your activity is.
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– Empty egg cartons (preferably paper/cardboard cartons)
– Spray water bottle
– Seed packets: tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, watermelons, okra, sweet peppers, and/or marigold seeds & potting soil (can be ordered online or any other ag/garden supply store)
-OR- old potato(es), if you are not able to get seeds and potting soil
For seed packets:
- Poke small holes in the bottom of each “egg” for water to drain out.
- Fill each “egg” with soil, push a finger in the middle of the dirt up to the first or second knuckle (kids with small fingers)
- Drop in seeds (check package for amount of seeds per “egg”).
- Use a water spray bottle and spritz each “egg”.
- Check seed sunlight/shade preferences. Since egg cartons are light, you can move them around the yard for sun/shade needs!
- Once the seeds sprout and start to outgrow the cartons, you can replant them in a garden bed, large pot, etc. You can plant them directly into the ground in their paper/cardboard “egg” because they will decompose; if you used styrofoam cartons, you will need to transplant them.
- Make sure to separate each egg either by tearing or cutting.
For old potatoes:
- Let a few potatoes grow sprouts, also known as “eyes”. These cannot be eaten so instead of throwing them away, you can plant them and they need very little care.
- Cut the potato in half or leave whole in most soil types, leaving the eyes exposed. They will sprout in sun or shade.
- Water right after you plant them and then let them do the rest of the work.
- Water 1-2 times per week if it has not rained.
- After potatoes stems have finished flowering, you can go on a scavenger hunt for the fresh, new potatoes in the soil!