Primary School Gardening lesson can select seeds from those low cost dry beans or pea pod.
Green Mung beans are commonly used in the lower school science experiments. However, you can also use different bean types to gain different types of experience.
Azuki beans are also known as Chinese red beans; and they are popular in Asian kitchens; especially in the Chinese desserts.
When the beans are totally dried; they are pretty solid. So, some of us would used them for pillows or bean bags making.
Some people believed that the green beans are easier to germinate than the red ones.
If you wish to know whether they are equally fast in sprouting; you may try this Grow your own Bean sprouts project.
2. Cover the seeds with tap water and stand for one night.
3. Rinse in the next morning and put in the water again.
4. Lay wet kitchen paper in the box and set in all the seeds.
5. Transfer the plant when the roots are strong.
You can use any amount of beans; but if more are used; you can see more performance at the same time.
You will realise their behaviours are a little human-alike. One grow supper fast; some stay moderate; and one is specially slow. But if you give them more time; they would succeed.
You can use any container and glass bottle. As long as it is water-proof. If you consum organic products often; you can keep the containers or bottles away for these indoor growing projects.
From top picture 1 you can see the beans were sprouted in 2 days time; and they grew quite fast.
On 9th January (image 2) the seed number 2 became the champion. It was transferred to a short neck wide bottom glass bottle to further its growth.
Thereafter, the plant showed its first pair of leaves on the 11th day of growth.
When the plant started to shoot-up; a support is always essential. Since this young bean plant is grown in water; the only support you can provide is a piece of soft paper; just able to hold the stem; at a short distance below the top leaves. So that; the skinny shoot would not be broken when it grow taller.
Although the seed number 5 (picture 2) has dropped half of its tender young root on 6th January due to my mistake; but it had continue its growth and sent out its first leaf on 13th January (below picture 5).
On 21st January (picture 4), you can see the length of plant number one is only half of the champion plant 2.
This project was ended soon after the two leaves from the plant were dropped on 1st February (32nd day); due to the insufficient fresh air supplied; although I have supplied fresh air for 30 minutes each day.
The mini red insects from the soil of other indoor's potted plants made their damages on all the young and tender bean leaves; when the dry air approached.
If you can provide a good free flow fresh air circulated location; these plants would be able to stay longer; and continue their growth outdoor when the warm ground is ready.
This primary school gardening sprouts can show you how much a little seed can do and how much time you can save, before the actual warm days arrived. And from here, you can use all your available winter hours to learn how to start a very low cost indoor gardening plan in early spring; and further develop to a middle school garden organic beginners workshop.