Hannah (my 4 year old) and I took a gardening class last year at Acacia Demonstration Gardens. It was free to attend and was put on by the Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada. With the warmer weather coming upon us, I thought this might be fun to try this year.
Hannah planted a sunflower seed in a plastic water bottle container.
- empty water bottle container
- cotton yarn or cotton rope (1/8")
Step 1: Cut a plastic water bottle container in half. Place the top of the bottle upside down in the bottom of the water bottle (see photo). Place your wick through the top and bottom of the water bottle. If you are using cotton thread, make sure to double it.
Here are the types of rope and yarn used.
Step 2: Pack your soil down around the wick, making sure the wick is slightly visable above the soil.
Step 3: Plant your seed. Here's Hannah planting her seed with a little help.
Step 4: Water your soil and then fill the bottom of the bottle with water (use tap water, not osomosis or water softener water).The container is self-watering, just fill the bottom with water as need. Here is our sunflower after a few days. A sunflower will need to be replanted as it gets larger, but you can plant something smaller.