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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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The Root-Vue Farm gives gardeners a glimpse into Mother Natures magic.
Long radish roots will be the first to develop into vegetables in my Root-Vue Farm.
The Root-Vue Farm gives gardeners a glimpse into Mother Natures magic.Click To Enlarge

The Root-Vue Farm gives gardeners a glimpse into Mother Nature's magic.

Photo: John Pendleton

This winter I kept my gardening self entertained by planting, growing, and watching a Root-Vue Farm. The kit is designed for children ages 4 and up, but that didn’t stop me from having fun with it, too.

The Root-Vue Farm came with everything I needed to plant radishes, carrots, and green onions in a heavy-duty, self-watering Styrofoam garden with one acrylic viewing window.

I’ve always been curious about what happens beneath the soil during the growing season and this gave me a glimpse into Mother Nature’s magic. It’s been fascinating to watch how the seeds germinated and then sent long, skinny roots deep into the soil. Those roots are now slowly developing into vegetables.

As a long-time gardener, I’ve planted hundreds of seeds in the garden and watched the process either by standing, stooping, or quickly walking by. But the Root-Vue has given me a new appreciation of what occurs underground.

The kit also includes a booklet with a number of experiments little gardeners could conduct in a classroom or at home. For example, kids could test how different methods of fertilizing affect root growth or evaluate how heat and cold affect sprouting.

A Dr. Toy award winner, the Root-Vue Farm is a product of HSP Nature Toys and is available through a number of online retailers ($32.95).

Now that I know how enjoyable it is to get an up-close view of what goes on beneath the surface of the soil, I think my next project will be Worm-Vue Wonders—the underground worm viewing kit.


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timonrooster writes: Its beautiful garden.
Posted: 2:42 am on October 8th
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