You don’t have to travel far to witness the fresh bloom of spring. Looking out your window, you can spot patches of green poking through the ground and branches showing off fresh buds. With new growth everywhere, it’s a good time to start thinking about ways you and your family can have your own garden fun right at home!

Egg Carton Greenhouses

Instead of getting rid of your empty egg cartons, why not save them to plant seeds? Here’s how:

  1. First, cut your empty egg carton so you’re only left with the bottom half with the egg compartments.
  2. Next, after filing with soil, plant a seed in each compartment and water.
  3. Cover the egg carton half with a clear plastic bag.
  4. Wait to see which seeds sprout first!
  5. Tip: Create an observation journal to record what you see daily.

For more hands-on activity ideas you can go to the NH 4-H Virtual Community Center webpage!

Scavenger Hunt in the Garden

With this activity you can turn a simple walk outdoors into a fun way to explore the world around you! Make a list of items to include in your family’s scavenger hunt, such as:

  1. Birds
  2. Flowers
  3. Pinecones
  4. Acorns
  5. Rocks

For an added challenge you can narrow your list down to specific species of birds, flowers, trees and more! Check out the activity page (link above) for more scavenger hunt ideas and for other garden-themed activities!

Sprout a Carrot

Grow your own carrot top with this activity! Here’s how:

  1. Cut the top one inch off a carrot.
  2. Stick a toothpick in either side of the carrot and balance it on top of a small glass.
  3. Fill the glass with water up to the bottom of the carrot (barely touching it).
  4. Place the glass in a bright area, but not in direct sun.
  5. Wait for new carrot tops to sprout!

Check out the monthly harvest at NH Harvest of the Month where you can find activities, recipes and more!