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I’m Maria, the "Plant Killer Turned Plant Lady" with a mission to help you care for plants successfully, grow your indoor jungles, and cultivate more joy in your life. I've got tons of content for you here on the blog, on the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast, and Bloom and Grow Youtube Show to help you keep blooming and keep growing.
“You can’t reach the brain till you go through the heart” – Joe Dombrowski
I’m thrilled to welcome back Joe Dombrowski (@mrDtimes3) to the show after our wonderful episode on Plants in the Classroom a couple of years ago. Since then a lot has changed, Joe and I have become IRL friends (I was able to visit him in 2019 and we took an amazing trip to the Amazon Spheres together which you’ll hear about in the episode), Joe has become a full time comedian AND… classrooms are looking very different these days. Since many kids are home with the pandemic, Joe and I thought we’d put together a list of fun planty experiments and projects to do with kids while we spend this time at home together. There is a project for every type of kid and every age. We hope this episode helps with ideas to get children (or adult children like us!) off of their phones and into the dirt and getting curious about plants. Please share your projects with us on instagram! @mrdtimes3 & @bloomandgrowradio
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In this episode we learn:
Joe and Maria remember their trip to the Amazon Spheres together
Joe’s opinion on kids going back to school
[12:25] Project 1: Seed Germination in a Bag
[19:50] Project 2: Sweet Potato Experiment and understanding the scientific process
Project 3: Pothos Propagation 3 Ways
Project 4: Fairy Gardens and Terrariums
Project 5: List of Interactive Plants for Kids
Joe’s list of his personal favorite plants in his collection
Joe’s most recent plant parent win
Indoor Plant Projects for Kids
1 2 gallon plastic bag
Marker for labeling bags
2 cups of soil
large seeds for planting (try code Bloom20 for 20% off any of Territorial Seed Company’s seed selection)
Tape or a pin to attach bag to window, wall or bulletin board
Take a 2 gallon bag and fill with 2 cups of soil and a light amount of water until it’s fully moist but not soaking wet
Select a type of large seed: lima bean and pumpkin are Joe’s favorites- he says the bigger the better
Plant the seed in the bag- Joe suggests to plant the seed close to the outer wall so you can see the germination
Seal the bag, leave as much air as possible
Pin the bag to a bulletin board or tape it to your window or wall that gets some light
What you can notice
Water cycle: water will evaporate and then precipate and run down the bag
Germination, watching a seed sprout (notice what happens to the water after the seed sprouts)
Root structure and growth
You can let the plant die and hypothesis with the students on how/why it died and talk about the important of plants decomposing and returning to the earth for
Open the bag and let the plant continue to grow until it dies because of lack of water
You can transplant the seed into a pot and see that it grows (make sure you have enough light for the plant to thrive)
Try several different seeds in labeled bags all tacked to the same area- the kids can watch the different germination and growth rates of different types of plants
Encourage the child to keep a little tracker to draw and record the plant’s growth everyday
photo from https://imgur.com/SLnb1
Sweet Potato Experiment and understanding the scientific process
3 sweet potatoes
liquid of child’s choice
Pick a 3 sweet potatoes from the grocery store, if you can pick one with eyes, choose those!
Put each sweet potato in three different mediums: water, water with liquid root hormone, any liquid student chooses
Anchor the sweet potatoes with toothpicks so that the bottom 1/3 is under the water and top 2/3 are above the water line
Encourage your child to hypothesize the growth pattern of each sweet potato
Encourage your child to record the growth of each potato in a journal to watch the growth process
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Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today’s episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! For seeds, their online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM20 for 20% off.