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Ag Trivia: A Garden in the Palm of Your Hand

BY DIANE OLSON

Ag Trivia: A Garden in the Palm of Your Hand

 
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Grow a garden in the palm of your hand!
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Great kids activity for young gardeners.
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A garden in the palm of a hand! It’s time to get your fingers dirty and plant some vegetables. With this fun activity, you can experience plant growth from seed to produce.


What you will need:

Clear Plastic Food Service Gloves
5 Cotton Balls
Permanent marker
Water
5 Types of Seed (lettuce, carrot, onion, radish, spinach etc.)

Activity:
Using the permanent marker, write your name on the palm of the glove. Also write the name of each different seed you will be planting on a finger of the glove.

Place some water in a small bowl or container that is easy to dip into. Put about 5-6 of each type of seed on a separate piece of waxed paper or on a small plate (keep separated). Dip cotton balls, one at a time in water (hint…do not over saturate and do not wring out excess water). Dip each moistened cotton ball into one type of seed. Seeds will stick to moistened ball.

Place the moistened ball with seeds into the correctly labeled finger of the glove. Repeat procedure for other 4 seeds and place into the appropriate finger of the glove.Slightly blow up the glove and secure with twist tie or yarn. Tape the glove to a window and watch it begin to grow. Seeds will germinate within 3-5 days allowing children to see the process of growing these vegetables from seed. Within 2 weeks, plants can be transplanted, if desired, by cutting the end off each finger and placing the cotton ball and plants into soil.

For more information contact Diane Olson, MFB Promotion and Education Programs, (573) 893-1414 or email Diane.





 
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