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Hands on Preschool Spring Science – Egg Shell Herb Gardens

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I like to grow items with my children during my spring unit.  One of the items that we enjoy growing is the herb, basil.

Over the course of a few weeks I gather up my egg shells, wash them out and let them dry naturally in the sun.

Egg Shell Herb Garden

Thanks to Alice for the use of the picture

From there, the children add dirt to their shells and I read the directions on how to plant.  explaining besides the proper light and water, seeds needs to be planted at a certain depth.

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Vocabulary Terms:

Any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume.

Germinate: To cause to sprout or grow. Basil seeds take between eight and 14 days to germinate and emerge from the soil.

Rise out of or up from. The seed, sprouts and emerges from the soil.

A sprout is a small growth on a plant.

A mass of fine droplets of water. The best way to water basil seed is using a mist.  Basil seed does not tolerate sitting in standing water.

Humid Environment:
Humid means: containing a high amount of water or water vapor. Moist or damp; but not wet.

Cover your eggs with a clear plastic bag just until the seeds sprouts. It helps provide a humid environment helps keep the conditions right for the seeds to germinate.

Seed Leaves:
The first set of leaves that emerge on a basil seedling are called the seed leaves. They are actually a part of the seed, and act as a food source for the sprouting seedling

True Leaves:
As the seedling becomes stronger and healthier, it will begin to form two more leaves that look very different from the seed leaves. Look for the first set of true leaves two to three weeks after the seed leaves. Remember, the true leaves don’t grow until after the set of seed leaves emerges.

Two to three weeks after the first set of true leaves emerge, basil plants should be about 6 inches tall and ready to be re-planted out in the garden or in a larger pot.

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