Try This At Home: A Space Garden

In class this week we began making our own Hydroponic Water Garden, in keeping with our Space theme this month. We worked on an adaptation of the idea here, and hope you’ll be inspired to try it at home!

You need:
1 empty 2-liter bottle
Cotton balls
Heavy cotton string
Green bean seeds
Tape

How to make it:
In advance, cut the top of the bottle off where the bottle begins to curve.
Have the children write their name on their bottle.
Have the children invert the bottle top and place it into the bottle. Tape in place.
Pour water into the bottom of the bottle, until it is quarter full.
Cut a length of the string and place it in the bottle top so that it goes through the hole and into the bottom of the bottle.
Pull apart some cotton balls so they’re a bit fluffy and place them in the bottle top.
Plant a few bean seeds in the cotton.

What will happen:
The string will absorb the water and drip it slowly on the cotton balls. This will moisten the seeds so they can grow.

After the seeds sprout, keep the garden in a sunny window.  Add more water to the bottom of the bottle as needed. We’re waiting to see our gardens bloom!

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