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School Garden Project - Watching Seeds Grow

A school garden project of growing seeds is an educational activity that can also be done at home, too. This is a very simple lesson plan for teaching children at any age the basic steps of growing a plant. This is a fun project and is also inexpensive. You can incorporate the project when planning a science lesson or family time for any age.

The first step is to talk about the entire plan.

Herbee Shares His School Garden Project

Herbee Greenthumb

Herbee here. I just love doing these projects with you. I hope one day to be able to visit your classroom, or home school. Wow, wouldn't that be great! Let's get started.

Have all the materials in front of the child or children so they can see each item. Talk about the importance of planning each step correctly in order for the plants to grow. Preparing the soil before planting is as vital as watering.

Let the child or children touch the materials. Any of these items can be purchased at a local store or gardening center. Take a look at the base tray and four individual pots.

Bottom Tray

Base Tray

The base or bottom tray is used for putting the soil mixture in. If you are doing a school garden project, create a group with three to six children and have them all ready to get their hands dirty.

Individual Pot

Individual Pot

Another option is buying a group of smaller pots, called plug trays or pots. Give each of them an individual pot. The smaller pots get each child involved.

Set Of Six Plug Trays

Tray With Six Plugs

The plug pots are a little less expensive. Whether to use the small pots or plugs will be up to you and the number of children you have in your classroom. If you are doing a family project, each of you could have your own six little plugs.

One Individual Plug Tray

Individual Plug

Think of different ways to have the child create the plant with their own identity. Putting a name tag on the pot or using individual or group colors. Depending on the age group, create a theme or have each group develop their own theme. Tie it in with your overall lesson plan.

Decide what type of seeds you want to plant. You have two options. Choose just one type of seed, or do a variety of small plants such as herbs, vegetables or flowers. This will be up to you but I think it is nice to for a child or children have a choice on a couple of different seeds. This also will broaden their knowledge of different plant specimens.

Read up on different seeds as some require a dark location for the germination process, and others require full sunlight. Once everyone is set to start, place newspaper in the area where you want to plant.

Hands on learning is one of the greatest tools in any school or home project. Have each child get as physically and mentally involved as you can. Make each step fun and special. This doesn't matter whether you are dealing with a young group of children, or teenagers.

Once the seeds are planted, give each child or group of children a special place to monitor plant growth. If you are working with a young age group, create pictures of plants. Get a camera and take photos of the child and each step in this process.

Older students can do journals or make a wall chart, and here's another reason for doing a variety of different plants. A wall chart for an individual seed type will show a child the overall growing process of each plant specimen. Do the wall chart at school or home.

It can be very exciting when the first seedling spouts. In reality, there is always a chance some seeds will not germinate. Decide what alternate plan you can do in case a few not growing.

Doing extra plugs or pots is an option. I had over 5,000 seedlings in my greenhouse, and companies will usually put the germination rate on each package. Always plan for a few non-growers.

Once the plants have started growing, allow the children to explore each other's species. Keep the plants in the classroom or at home in a special place. Talk about different options the children can do once their plant has matured. Create a small garden space and transfer the plant into the ground, or eventually transplant into a bigger pot.

I like to take a picture of a few seeds and the plant once it has grown. Below is a picture of a group of seeds along with a purple Ornamental Pepper plant. This plant germinated from seed about three months ago.

Group Of Seeds

A Group Of Seeds

Ornamental Pepper Plant

Ornamental Pepper Plant

This school garden project also can be done in any non-profit organization such as a youth group. Whether you are a student, teacher, or taking care of children, plan to grow your own seeds and have a fantastic garden project. What a way to learn.

Thanks for joining me and Herbee today. Please feel free to join us again. These are just simple steps to follow in doing any type educational activity.

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