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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jon's bean plants and our homemade greenhouse

Kids just love to garden, there's no doubt about that. I was trying to figure out what to do with Jon this year to get him more excited about gardening and being more hands on. I decided on bean plants since they grow quickly - which is key in getting younger children more excited about gardening. If it takes too long to grow, you might as well hang it up.

The next thing I needed to figure out was how to make things simple as well as little mess as possible. Because of that and cost, we decided to pick up some soil pellets from Walmart. We got 36 pellets for under $3! Not bad.

We next picked up some organic bean seeds. We'd only need 3 for what we were doing.

Here's what we did.

1. We found a plastic container we didn't care much about and put the pellets in there to rehydrate. Jon loved watching this part!

2. Next, we took 3 bean seeds out of our package (we got organic from WalMart). We took one seed at a time and pushed it down a bit into the pellet, but not too far.

3. Next, we cut out the top of a 2-liter bottle and placed that over the pellets in the container upside down. This created a mini greenhouse.

4. We placed this in front of our sliding glass door window and just waited. Only water when it starts getting dry.

As you can see, our plants are doing great. This may be the start of me starting plants and selling them in the future. Hmmm, well, let's not get ahead of ourselves eigh? lol! Have fun gardening with your children.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~Confucius