Recycle paper towel rolls, eggshells and other kitchen items to start seeds for a garden. Once the seeds sprout, these homemade pots can be planted directly in the ground.
What You Need:
- Biodegradable kitchen recyclables– paper towel tubes, eggshells, citrus rinds (lime, lemon, orange, etc.), cardboard egg cartons, newspaper
- Potting soil
- Seeds to plant
What You Do:
- Create “pots” from items in your kitchen by emptying the contents, hollowing out the middle or folding to create a bottom.
- Cut the paper towel tube (or use toilet paper tube) into thirds. Fold the bottom of one end in so that it creates a base.
- Crack an egg and empty the contents. Save the shell cup for planting.
- Cut the citrus fruit in half and scrape the contents out, creating two bowls for planting.
- Fill the pots with potting soil and add the seed of your choice.
- Place pots in a sunny spot and keep the soil moist. A spray bottle works well for spritzing.
- Once the seeds begin to sprout, bury the pots directly into the soil and watch your garden grow.
Words to Use:
- Recycle: To put used objects or materials through a special process so that they can be used again.
- Biodegradable: Materials, chemicals etc. that are biodegradable are changed naturally by bacteria into substances that do not harm the environment.
- Compost: A mixture of decayed plants, leaves etc. used to improve the quality of soil.
What to Talk About:
- How long do you think that it will take the seed to sprout?
- How is the seed or plant like a person or an animal? What do they all need in order to survive and thrive?
- What do you think will happen to the pot once we plant it in the ground?
- What are your favorite flowers, vegetables or fruits? Let’s research a few.
Change It Up:
- Research other biodegradable materials and be creative with what you use to start your seeds.
- Try sprouting a seed in a damp paper towel placed in a Ziploc bag. Tape the bag to the window to create your own greenhouse.
- Get your family involved. Let every family member pick their favorite flower, vegetable or fruit to plant.
- Create plant markers for your garden using rocks, wooden sticks, or seashells and paint.
- Start a compost pile to enhance the soil in your garden.
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
- Nature Exploration
- Science: 1.F.2, 1.L.1, 1.L.2, 3.L.2, 5.L.2,
- Social Studies: K.G.2, 1.G.2, 2.G.2, 3.G.1.3