Watch a bean GERMINATE
- 4 or 5 beans (ex. lima or northern)
- Transparent glass or plastic jar with a lid
- Paper towels
Fold a paper towel so it wraps around the inner surface of the jar. Dampen the paper towel and put it in the jar, pressing the towel up against the sides of the jar. Slide beans in between the jar and the paper towel so you can see them. Leave space between each of the beans. Cover the jar and watch your beans germinate!
Start SEEDS in a re-purposed container
- Butter container or similar tub, washed and rinsed clean
- Spray bottle with water
Ask your parents to drill several holes in the bottom of the container so that it can drain. Fill the container with compost, not quite to the top of the container. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the compost, and spray the seeds and soil well. Cover until the seeds germinate, then uncover and expose to sunlight. Transplant them into individual pots and then into the garden as they grow.
A seed has a tough covering called the seed coat. Inside is a tiny plant called the embryo, along with food for the embryo. Water and oxygen can cross the seed coat so the embryo can grow.