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We’re showing you how to create the egg carton greenhouse experiment at home!
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We've partnered with one of our favourite educational partners Green Iglu whose mission is to build, grow, and empower a food secure Canada by enabling communities nationwide to grow their own food using hydroponic technology. If you want to learn more about this organization and see Arctic community growing in action, feel free to take a look at their story here. Up until we all began social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we had been running a series of educational workshops with them in downtown Toronto on how to grow your own food in the city.
We have built this fun experiment so that anyone can do it at home with materials that you should have laying around.
The first step is to get your empty egg carton, any size will do. This will act as the ‘pot’ for your soil. If you have any eggshells left, keep those and clean them out as they act as great shells and additives for the soil. For bonus fun, you can paint the egg carton or eggshells!
Next, take your soil and fill the eggshells or the slots in the tray to about ¾ of the way full. Plant your seeds just below the surface and lightly cover them with soil. You want to make sure not to compact the soil down too tightly or the seeds will not germinate.
Next, you want to create the greenhouse effect to help the seeds germinate. What that means is you want to add lots of humidity to the area around the seeds! Start by heavily watering your soil, then take your plastic bag and cover the whole tray and seal it at the end. This will generate and hold humidity. You’ll want to leave the plastic bag covering your sprouts until you see little bits of green poking up through the soil indicating that the plants have germinated.
When the plants have germinated take the plastic bag off and continue to water your plants normally. If you planted in eggshells you can move the whole eggshell and soil to the garden outdoors when it is ready. The eggshells will act as a great fertilizer, adding calcium and other micronutrients to the soil. It can be a fun experiment to look at how the plants grow differently in the eggshells versus the egg carton, or to look at how the bag acting as a greenhouse causes the plants to grow differently than simply leaving them uncovered.
We’ve heard that many people are stuck at home right now looking for something fun to do with their kids and loved ones, or looking to learn something new. We’ve put together a lesson plan that you can use to keep your children entertained or have them learn something new. This lesson plan is based on educational work we’ve done with various partners like Green Iglu.
This plan covers more experiments and offers a full teaching plan and breakdown of what is going on in each experiment. It is appropriate for all ages and skill levels.
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