Here is something very easy to do, it is even a great idea to do it with your child. This way you can easily introduce your child to the world of gardening. This will take about a week, and during this time period you should check your seeds daily to observe their development.
Every seed has a baby plant inside. All it needs to start is a little moisture. Once the moisture reaches the seed it will swell up and burst out of its seed coat. The roots will grow down and later the stem and leaves will grow up. The first leaves are called “cotyledons” or seed leaves. These seed leaves will look different from the plant’s true leaves. After the cotyledons start making food for the plant, the true leaves will develop and the plant will begin to grow.
You will need…
- Large seeds, either beans or squash
- A clean glass jar with a wide mouth and lid
- Paper towels
5 easy steps
1. Roll the several sheets of paper towels into a tube that you can insert into the jar. Cut or fold the paper so it all fits in the jar.
2. Wedge four seeds between the paper towels and the side of the jar. Make sure the seeds are separated by at least two inches so new plants will not interfere with each other.
3. Add about an inch of water to the bottom of the jar. The water will wick up the paper and the seed will begin to germinate. Keep the paper towels moist by adding a little water when needed. The children can watch as the bean or squash produces a whole root system very quickly.
4. Check the seedling’s progress every day.
5. Once you can see the first true leaves have your child plant the seedlings in the garden.