We had a near tragedy with our pop bottle terrarium, last night. Before closing the blinds in the evening, I move the plants off the windowsill. But, last night, I tried to do it single handed (I'm not saying I had a frog cookie in my other hand, but I'm not denying it, either).
The pop bottle terrarium has been working wonderfully, but it is quite flimsy, and grabbing it with one hand, is not advisable. At least, that's what I discovered, when the top popped off, spilling dirt, seeds, and very sadly, a seedling, that hadn't quite reached the surface, yet. There was nothing to be done, but to gather up as much of the dirt as possible, replant the seedling, and toss in a few new seeds, for good measure.
So, I was pleasantly surprised tonight, to find a tiny green plant - alive, and growing. I'm not a hundred percent sure it's our carrot plant, but it does appear to have the remains of a carrot seed sticking to it.
In case your wondering what's on the front of the bottle...
...it's a carrot decoration, the kids added, when I wasn't looking (I guess that means they're excited about the project). So, while one live carrot seedling, might not be much, I'm glad something survived my disaster. And, I'm hopeful for the new seeds we put in, even if it means the children will have to wait a bit longer for results.
Our little apple tree is doing well though, despite a dousing of carrot seed laden dirt. It still has the apple seed attached too, which has been fun for the kids to see close up. The same thing happens in the garden, but we don't always have opportunity to observe it, the way we do when it's right in front of us, on the window sill.
It's great to be a homeschooler.