how to make a see-through root garden

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 – Filed under: crafts with kids,gardening ::


Gardening has been a tremendous unschooling scholastic activity this spring and summer (and even late winter, when we began to grow seeds on our windowsill).  From seeds to plants, my little one is harvesting, watering (thanks to a lovely new, long-awaited rain barrel), pruning and savoring all of these plants.

To learn more about how plants take in the nutrients of our compost, and the water from her watering can… we fashioned a see-through root garden with carrot seeds.  It’s still in the process of growing, so I can’t show you final photos, but thought I’d share it when there was still fabulous sunlight to use in creating your own version.

First we cut windows into the top of 2 sides of a coated paper juice container.

Then we cut up a big Ziploc (BPA-free) freezer bag and taped the plastic “windows” securely around the holes in the juice container.

Then we filled it with soil…

Planted some carrot seeds (beets would also work well)…


Watered… and waited :)

The carrots are growing and we’re starting to see the roots through the windows now.

3 Responses to “how to make a see-through root garden”

  1. Laura Says:

    What a great idea! I think Rebecca will be just the right age for this next spring.

  2. angelina Says:

    my kids will LOVE THIS!!!!!
    i love your blog header photo. x

  3. Natalie Says:

    I love this will fit right in with our botany lessons this spring. Thanks for sharing x