Donna has been keeping busy during quaratine. She is going back to her middle school science teacher roots. This is how she set up her egg carton garden.
I decided to start some seeds while we are here in Las Vegas. I wanted to use stuff we already had in and around the RV. So here are the supplies am using:
- 1 Egg Carton
- 1 Egg Shell
- 1 Banana Peel
- Bagged Soil
- Water (in a spray bottle)
1. I cut the top and the front tab off the egg carton.
2. I sorted my seeds and placed my Black beans in water to soak overnight (read seed packet for planting instructions.
3. I took my tape and named each egg cup for the seed that I was planting. I also put a small hole in the bottom to allow any excess water to drain.
4. The next day I put my soil in the cups of the egg carton with a bit of crushed eggshell and tiny piece of banana. All my seeds needed to be planted 2 inches down. The egg cups are 1.5 inches deep (I measured the cups with a ruler).
5. I then wrote down some information about my seeds; how many per hole, how much sunlight, how many days before I see a plant and how many days until I can harvest.
6. After I get my information, I plant my seeds and watered my soil completely and place in the Sun. I want them to get at least 4-6 hours of sun. Here in Nevada I make sure that my soil doesn’t get to hot. I will put my carton in the shade when temperatures are 80 or above. I put the egg cups on the lid to catch water and keep the bottom moist.
7. I will use my spray bottle to water from now on, this keeps the soil in the cups.
I will let you know how the plants are doing in my next post. I should start to see some in about 10 to 14 days. This project is good for kids and adults. Measuring water use, plant growth, plant height and hours of sunlight are all things that make this a great project to submit to teachers. It satisfies many STE(A)M requirements.
UPDATE: Due to the extreme heat this project did not thrive. I started another project. I will have an update on this one soon.