Homemade Root-Vue Boxes

Overview

Looking for an easy gardening project to share with your kids? Growing veggies like carrots and radishes in a semi-transparent container may be the answer. Kids watch the growing process from seed to vegetable, and the result is edible. Requiring just a few common items and less than 15 minutes, even little hands can help with the assembly.

Preparing the Container

Step 1

Poke four to five drainage holes in the bottom of the container and fully open or cut off the top of the container.

Step 2

Cut an opening in the front of the container, leaving a 1/2-inch border around all sides.

Step 3

Measure acetate to fit the opening, add 1/2 inch on all sides and cut out.

Step 4

Tape or glue the acetate securely to the inside of the container, completely covering the opening; if using glue, let it dry thoroughly before proceeding. If not properly secured, the acetate window will give way and the soil, water and vegetables will spill out.

Step 5

Layer the paper towels on the tray and place the carton on the towels.

Planting Seeds

Step 1

Fill the container with seed starting soil.

Step 2

Plant seeds close to the acetate window using directions on the vegetable packet to determine the depth.

Step 3

Fit black construction paper over the sides of the carton and secure with Scotch tape. Leave the top open.

Step 4

Cut a flap in the construction paper where the acetate window is located; be careful not to cut the acetate window. The flap can be opened and children can watch the growing process. When not looking into the container, keep the flap closed and secured with a piece of tape. This will ensure plant growth.

Step 5

Water well initially, but do not over-water. Keep the plant lightly watered. Water should never be standing in the tray.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep scissors and craft knives out of the reach of children. Do not allow children to cut openings in carton or acetate film unless safety scissors are used.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty waxed cardboard juice or milk carton, not individual size
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Clear acetate film
  • Waterproof tape, like duct tape, or glue
  • Black construction paper
  • Scotch tape
  • Seed starting soil
  • Carrot or radish seeds
  • Waterproof tray
  • Water

References

  • Aggie Horticulture: Just for Kids--Nutrition in the Garden
  • Kids Gardening: Growing Ideas
  • Florida International University: Suzanne Kopturs
Keywords: Gardening with children, Make a view box, Kids' garden crafts
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