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Growing plants from food

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Updated: 8/12/2003 12:11 am
If your children aren't interested in eating their vegetables, maybe you can interest them in growing them. Sometimes a child will eat something they've grown when canned veggies are unappealing. Carrots, beets, and radishes are simple to grow. Have your child cut the leaves off the vegetable and then cut a one-inch piece off the top, while you're supervising. For younger children, you may want to wield the knife for them. Next, have them put the piece, with the 'cut' side down, in a shallow pan holding pebbles and about one-half inch of water. Soon roots will develop, and you can show your child how to transplant the vegetable into a pot of moist, sandy soil. Love Italian food? Garlic is also easy to grow. Take several cloves of garlic, with the peel still on, and have your child plant them in a can of soil with the tips pointing upward. Keep the soil moist and soon a garlic plant will develop. Did you know that unpopped popcorn will sprout roots? Fill a clear glass with soil and push the popcorn into the soil, next to the side of the glass. Water the soil and the popcorn will soon put out little sprouts, which your child can transplant. Your little farmer may think watching popcorn grow is almost as fun as eating it.

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