Monday, June 16, 2014

mini cereal box seed starters

mini cereal box plant starters
During week 1 of our summer break (see here), we planted vegetable and watermelon seeds in mini cereal boxes. Checking on them has become one of my favorite parts of the day. We check on them every day after breakfast. We (especially me ;) are eager to see the plants growing.

You may remember that I got the idea from Nikki (see here). She planted flower seeds. We decided to plant vegetables and watermelon seeds, which will be transplanted to our (currently non-existent) garden.  Nikki included a tutorial on her blog. Be sure to check out her post because I pretty much did what she did.

We took our empty cereal boxes and used glue to seal them.
mini cereal box plant starters Then, I used an exacto knife to cut along the dotted lines of the cereal boxes. Nikki mentioned that you could put the cereal in the box with milk and eat directly from the box. I didn't know that! No bowl means no dish to wash. Perfect. ;)
mini cereal box plant starters
mini cereal box plant starters
Then, we stamped my girls' name on one flap of the box. (I didn't want to hear "It's my turn to water the plants. No! It's my turn!" This way everybody can water their own plants). On the other flap, we labeled each box with its respective vegetable (or fruit. ;) (I stamped carrots, but then read on the back of the seed packet that transplanted carrots will grow crooked, and to sow them directly instead. We used watermelon in its place).
mini cereal box plant starters
We put gardening soil in the cereal boxes and planted the seeds. We put them outside where they get plenty of sunshine.
mini cereal box plant starters
mini cereal box plant starters
We go outside and water them every day inspecting them for progress.

Oh, we were so excited to see the first little green stems. . .
mini cereal box plant starters
mini cereal box plant starters
You can barely see the growth, but we were obviously examining them very closely. ;)

A few days later, this is what we saw:
mini cereal box plant starters
No arrows are necessary. They're totally obvious now, right?!

I took these pictures yesterday:
mini cereal box plant starters
They're growing!! What a satisfying feeling and what a fun project!

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