Monday, May 16, 2011

Growing Seeds in a Bag

Here's an easy terrarium idea that doesn't require dirt (therefore it's a little less messy that planting a garden!) It's a fun way for young children to be able to observe how plants grow.

Here's what you'll need:
-Paper towel
-Ziploc bag
-a few dried beans (or other seeds if you'd like)
-water

1.  First fold the paper towel so it will fit into the Ziploc bag:

2.  Get the folded paper towel damp.  You can do this with a spray bottle, or in the sink.  I got my hands wet and patted them onto the towel until there were no dry spots left. Put the wet paper towel into the Ziploc bag.

3.  Skater a few dried beans (or other seeds) on the paper towel.  The moisture will somewhat hold them in place.  Seal the Ziploc bag.

4.  Tape your bag planter/terrarium to the window.  The warmth from the sun will case the water to condense on the inside of the bag and will create a cozy environment for your seed to sprout.  Check back regularly to see how the seeds are doing.  Within a week you're seeds will begin to sprout!

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