In the event that story is sure to compete “Jack and the Beanstalk,” A preschooler at Fort Dodge is sure that the seed he planted will grow into a giant plant.
On Monday morning, members of the Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club helped the six preschool classes at the Early Childhood Center plant green beans to take back into their classrooms and homes to watch them grow this spring.
“We love gardens and we want to spread that love and share that love with others,” said Garden Club member Jan Klass. “In fact, the National Garden Club, which is the grand dominant organization we belong to, has goals for environmental stewardship and nature appreciation, and we want to start children early.”
As the classes entered the activity room, volunteers in the Garden Club helped the young gardeners take green bean seeds and plant them about an inch deep in the soil cup.
“We specifically picked green beans because they’re great seeds for their little fingers,” she says. Klass said.
Royce Ely, a student in Tasha Pierce’s preschool class, expects his green bean plant to grow into a “102 long” Although he left the units of measurement for interpretation.
Berkley Howland, who’s in Andrea Pavik’s class, had slightly more modest expectations—she stretched her arms out wide and said she thought the green bean plant would be great.
Haughland said she gets excited about watching her plant grow and that her favorite part of the activity is using a watering can to water the plant.
Eli said his plant would grow nice and tall so he could climb on it, but he wasn’t really interested in digging his hands into the soil again.
“That was disgusting,” He said.