Our recently planted peas, sunflowers, carrots, spinach, radishes, lettuce & beetroots are all growing like topsy in our fab new greenhouse.
We have grown veg before but the greenhouse has allowed us to grow so much more quickly.
It has also provided us a fabulous opportunity both to compare very different seeds and to talk about the conditions in which plants can grow.
My daughter was absolutely convinced her seeds needed soil to grow and was amazed to discover her pea seeds would grow shoots in just some cotton wool and water!!!
And she was equally sure that plants couldn’t regrow once you cut there roots off.
So again was amazed when the mint we’d ripped out of the front garden … it had escaped from its containers … grew totally NEW roots in a jam jar of water.
These simple experiments got her asking all sorts of questions about how plants grow and the lifecyle from seed to plant to new seed …
And as she was super keen to experiment more I wrote us a list of …
- Seeds that germinate well in cotton wool
- Plants that re-root in water
- Veg cuttings that will grow again
- Veg that sprout to grow new plants
Seeds that germinate well in cotton wool …
Just fill an old jam jar with cotton wool or kitchen roll tuck your seeds in & water till damp …
- White mustard seeds
- Butter beans
- Mung beans
- Runner beans
- Lima beans
- Broad beans
- Alfa alfa
- Peanuts (removed from their shells)
You can also grow bulbs in water but it’s a good idea to use small stones or water beads in the water that support the bulb so it doesn’t get too wet but also give the roots room to move …
Plants that will re-root in water …
Some plants … particularly herbs … will grow new roots in water alone … just put the stems in a jar of water & keep in warm space without too much direct sun light …
Change the water every 3 or 4 days to keep it oxygenated ..
Veg cuttings that will grow again …
Some veg cuttings will re-root and grow again including …
- Spring onions
- Carrot tops
You can grow them in water or soil … but they seem to do best in water …
Vegetables that sprout to grow new plants …
All those pesky veg that start sprouting before you have a chance to eat them can be planted again to grow new plants including …
- Sweet potatoes
A small plastic greenhouse for less than £20 is a brilliant way to grow seeds of all sorts. You don’t need a big garden … our’s is squeezed on the patio by the kitchen window …
You do need to put some bricks or weights on the bottom tier to stop them blowing over in the wind and the covers don’t last for ever but can be replaced.
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