Science Farm: get children growing

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Welcome to Science Farm, a new series of online guides from the NFU for children, schools and families. Science Farm aims to help children understand more about where their food comes from and how things are made and grown. It’s also there to guide parents and teachers by providing lesson plans and ideas around the subject of food and farming.

My Carrot Diary is a step-by-step guide to help kids discover the magic of planting and growing. To download a printable carrot diary to record your carrot’s growth, or watch a video of carrots growing at Guy Poskitt’s farm in Yorkshire, head to 

Watch your carrots grow

You will need:

  • A clear 2-litre bottle
  • 2-litres of potting compost
  • work well)Mokum, Mini Finger or ParmexCarrot seeds (Atlas,  
  • Scissors
  • A pencil

Step 1:

Ask an adult to help you cut off the top of the 2-litre bottle and make some holes in the bottom for any excess water to drain out.

Step 2:

Fill the bottle with potting compost, but leave around 2cm space at the top so that it doesn’t overflow.

Step 3:

Poke three holes around 3cm deep with the pencil, spread apart in a triangle shape.  

Step 4:

Add 4 to 5 carrot seeds in each hole and cover up with compost. Add water to the compost and put the bottle in a sunny spot indoors, or outdoors from April onwards.

Step 5:

Once your carrot seedlings are 3cm tall (after around 2-3 weeks) keep the three strongest seedlings in each corner and remove the rest with scissors.

And finally...

Keep monitoring your carrots and recording their progress until they have grown (this usually takes around 12 weeks).

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See the growing in action

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Last edited:22 July 2019 at 13:56

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