After planting some of the beans, I’ve been impatiently waiting for them to sprout!
Finally my impatience had a reward! Little bean sprouts have emerged from the soil! 🙂
The entire process of planting seeds from start to finish is my ideal way of incorporating such a nice concrete science project into our curriculum. However, sometimes students can’t be present for the entire growing period. So pictures are always great! Keeping a record of how the seed grows and changes every couple of days is a good way to keep detailed growth observations.
For this science project I will need to construct a climbing apparatus so the bean vines have a place to travel along instead of the short bamboo poles. I also made sure to wait till they were at this stage to feed them just a little coffee grounds water. Fertilizing indoor plants that usually live outside is extremely important as we found out with our snap peas and sweet pea flowers. If I remember I will also try beat juice water. Anything that is organic and natural I prefer using. After all, food that we grow goes right into our bodies and I want nothing harmful or questionable filtering into my plants.
With my small marigold plant I also added some coffee grounds water. I’ve noticed that being in jars I only need to water them every other day or every three days depending. The green leaves are a bit too light green, so I’m hoping some coffee fertilizer will help them turn a richer shade of green. Any other helpful hints out there? 🙂
Good luck with all of your gardening adventures this summer! Share some pictures if you have any! We would love to see them! 🙂
Heidi Scott, BA & MIT
The Marigold School of Early Learning