Last week, I decided to try growing some tomatoes. I have never done this before, but thought it might be fun. So I took a couple of my baby plum tomatoes that I usually eat with my dinner, and I cut them lengthwise. I noticed that there were lots of little seeds inside the tomatoes, so I carefully placed the middle sections that I had cut onto some damp soil that I had put into a clean margarine container (I put some holes in the bottom of the container before I put the soil in). Then I covered the tomatoes with a layer of compost and watered it carefully. I put the container on the windowsill in the kitchen and over the next few days, I made sure that the soil was kept damp.
For a few days, nothing happened and I was beginning to think that the tomatoes were not going to grow, which made me feel a bit sad. However, this morning I looked at the soil, and I saw 4 little green sprouts making their way through. My tomatoes are starting to grow, and I am so excited! Now I am wondering how tall they are going to grow.
I wonder if you can grow some tomatoes like I am doing. You can follow the way that I did it. Have a go at writing a diary showing what you have done - you could add photos or draw pictures of what you see happening. Then you can bring your diary to school to show your teachers. It took about 10 days for the shoots from my tomatoes to start to show, so you will need to be patient!
Perhaps you can think of some other fruit or vegetables that you could try growing like this. Which part of the fruit or vegetable would you need to plant? If you plant different fruit and vegetables, which ones grow the quickest? Do the plants look the same or are they different?
Have fun being vegetable growers!