About a week and a half ago the kids and I began our latest science/gardening experiment: this year we are trying to grow tomato plants from seed. We bought a packet of tomato seeds that promised “up to 40 plants.” That’s a fairly safe promise if you think about it, because even if you get no plants at all they are still covered! We used egg cartons to plant six dozen seeds. We watered them. We put them in what limited sunlight there is this time of year in Indiana. We waited and waited and waited.
And then…at last…some of the seed sprouted! We were so excited to see the little sprouts peeking up out of the soil! Jack wanted to go ahead and eat the plants now, but I explained that if we wait a bit we might actually get a tomato from one. And if we can wait even longer, unlike last summer when two children habitually ate the green tomatoes straight off the plants, we might even get RED tomatoes!
So far we have counted 12 little sprouts like the one shown above. We hope they keep growing strong and give us a nice garden in a few months!
We’ve been reading books like The Carrot Seed and A Seed Is Sleepy and Lily’s Garden to help us understand the gardening and seed sprouting process. If you have small children and plan to garden, I’d highly recommend those titles for their illustrations and explanations.
If you garden, have you ever started seeds indoors?
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