Sock Seeds (Audio Description) (Video)
RACHEL: Check out our garden. Do you know how we grew it? By planting a sock. Weird, huh? Well, it's not just an ordinary sock. It's a sock that was worn out in a field, outside in the country.
ESTUARDO: Joshua T. of Venus, Texas, told us how to use socks to grow plants. It's a great way to find out what kind of plants grow in different biomes. Joshua says the best time to do this is on a sunny day in late summer or early fall.
RACHEL: First, find an old, fuzzy, worn-out sock that can fit over your shoe. Then go wandering around outside. You can do this in the city or in the country, and you can go walking around in the woods or in a lot that has some weeds. Then walk back and forth in an area that's growing some plants.
ESTUARDO: Take off your sock and examine the kinds of seeds stuck to it.
RACHEL: Oh, cool.
ESTUARDO: This looks like a wheat seed.
RACHEL: And over there there's an orange seed.
ESTUARDO: And those ones are dark brown. They're different colors.
RACHEL: Now, to plant your sock, you're going to take a shoe box and line it with a garbage bag or plastic wrap, like this. Then you're going to put some potting soil into your shoe box so that it covers the bottom. Okay.
ESTUARDO: Now cut a slit down the side of your sock. I have one that's already cut, see? And now I'm going to unroll it so I can cut the part that doesn't have any seeds on it. There we go. All right, almost done. There, cool.
RACHEL: Now, take your sock and flatten it out so that it goes into the bottom of your box, like that. And make sure the seeds are facing upwards. Then put a thin layer of potting soil on the top of your sock. So I'm just going to cover it. Good.
ESTUARDO: That's cool. Just sort of...
RACHEL: Yeah, make sure it spreads out.
ESTUARDO: Yeah, spread it out.
RACHEL: I just want to make sure I get all of it.
RACHEL: Okay, that's good. Then water your sock. (both laughing) Okay, that looks good.
ESTUARDO: There we go.
RACHEL: In a week or so, your seeds should begin to sprout and look like this.
ESTUARDO: Oh, that's awesome. This is really fun to do in different environments, because you get different results every time. I wore the sock that's in this shoe box outside on my lawn. That's in the city.
RACHEL: The sock that was planted in this box was worn in a field of wildflowers in the suburbs. Isn't it pretty?
ESTUARDO: Oh... it's so...
ESTUARDO:I know, it's sort of fuzzy, too.
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