Organic Garden Project One (From 16-1-2020 to 26-1-2020)
How to sprout Mung beans on cotton wool?
Indoor Temperature: 22°C (heated)
One small plastic container
A plastic cover
1. Wash; rinse and soak some beans on day one (below picture 1).
2. The next day, pour away the old water. Select 4 seeds (picture 2); and place them in a container with wet cotton wool at the bottom; and cover it.
3. Spray tap water on the cotton wool everyday.
* The 4 seeds were sprouted on the day 3 (above picture 3).
* On 19-1-2020 (day 4) all roots were stronger (picture 4).
* On 22-1-2020 (day 7) one was standing up (picture 5); and 7 hours later pushing out the first leaf.
* On 23-1-2020 (day 8) all plants were standing and pushing out its leaf (picture 6).
* On 24-1-2020 (day 9) the leaves were half-opened (picture 7).
* On 25-1-2020 (day 10) all speeding-up (picture 8).
* On 26-1-2020 (day 11) all leaves were opened widely; the tallest plant was 19cm (picture 9).
How to sprout Mung beans for consumption?
Indoor Temperature: 20°C (heated)
Mung beans (green beans)
1. Place the beans in an earth cup (below picture 1).
2. Wash; rinse, soak and cover it (picture 2).
3. The next day do the same (picture 3); and drain the beans in a sieve for sprouting (picture 4).
4. Cover it with a kitchen paper (picture 5).
5. Thereafter, rinse it everyday through the sieve.
*On 17-5-2009 (3rd day) some seeds were sprouted (above picture 6).
*The next day more sprouts (picture 7).
*On 19th May (day 5) the roots went through the sieve (picture 8).
*On the 6th day the sprouts were ready for consumption (picture 9)
How about Sprouting Alfalfa in the class room?
Indoor Temperature: 20°C (heated)
One clean earth cup
One plastic cover
Clean tap water
50 grams (below picture 2) of organic alfalfa seeds (below picture 1)
1. Soaking and draining from the first day to the 4th day (below picture 3 to 6).
2. Harvest on the 5th day.
*Some sprouted on the day 3 (above picture 7)
*All sprouted on the day 4 (picture 8)
*The leaves appeared on the 5th day (picture 9)
Note: If there are insects flying around in the summer, an indoor portable table top mini greenhouse is recommended for hygiene purpose.
*Alfalfa sprouts are best for eating raw, adding to the salads, sandwiches; or spring rolls.
*If you are not eating them immediately, you can cover them with a food plastic bag with little pricked holes, and keep them in the refrigerator for a maximum of seven days for the freshness (picture 9).
*If you sprinkle one or two drops of fresh lemon juice over your sprouts; before eating; then you will be eating the freshest salad in the world.
*Before consumption, it is better to expose the sprouts under the mild sun for 10 minutes. In this way, the sprouts would received some vitamin D from the sunlight that our body desired.
Your organic garden project can be done either through an after school
extra curriculum activities (E.C.A.) in workshop style; or simply
include into the science subject.
When you know how easy is the process; you can advance your knowledge by changing the seeds or changing the container; and or the medium all together.
Gardening with kids can be very fun and interesting. Children can learn very fast, especially when they are in their primaries. How plants grow; and how to manage seeds are basic things that they will learn naturally once it is put into practice.
If you include practical programs into your school activities; then theory can be blended in naturally. And the school children would love their subjects more deeply, when they can understand well from their visible materials.
Organizing a frugal garden (low cost, spray free, top quality)
in school from scratch can encourage students to use every source they can get from the nature or in the school.
Organic Garden Projects Diary
A gardening diary is important for both the kids and teachers to drop down their useful evidence during their work. These notes can be written in the yearly school report.
Your DIY school gardening projects can be arranged in the following three levels:
Indoor natural gardening
Fresh air greenhouse gardening
Why 3 levels? Because you will discover different types of insects at different place, different time, with different humidity and different temperature. And the plants would behave differently according to the change of atmosphere.
School organic garden adventure is for kids at all ages; students; and teachers.
Home Garden Projects are for all the senior students like us; learning from home. Join me?