My boys and I grew wonderful ingredients to make a pizza.
When I think of mushrooms and basil, I think of a delicious pizza. So when a company asked me if I wanted to grow my own mushrooms and basil at home, I said "yes!" I wanted to teach my boys where food comes from. Since we live in the desert, my boys don't have much experience with seeing food grow. So when our Mushroom Farm and Garden-in-a-Can arrived my boys were excited to know more about how this box and can were going to produce mushrooms and basil. They wanted mom to make a pizza.
So when the mushroom farm arrived, we unboxed it and discovered a plastic bag filled with we presumed was dirt and white stuff. We also found a package of tomato seeds, even the company is thing pizza, and a small water bottle. The basil kit was a can that had a pop off top and under that we found dirt and a small package of basil seeds. My boys and I read the instructions to see how to set everything up. My boys asked questions like "how do mushrooms grow?" and "how long will it take for the mushrooms and basil to grow?" I think they were anxious for everything to grow so they could eat pizza. The instructions said the mushrooms could be ready to harvest in ten days. The basil would start to sprout in a week.
My boys and I then prepped the mushroom farm by opening the box and cutting a section of the plastic. The mass in the plastic then had to soak in water for eight hours. The basil in a can was simple to start. We opened the can and added some water and the seeds. The basil can then went on the windowsill. After the mushroom thing soaked, it was placed back into its box and placed in a corner by the window. I put my boys in charge of watering the items as I tend to forget to water plants. Plants don't make noise, like kids, when they are hungry.
My son sprayed the mushroom farm twice a day with the included water sprayer and gave the basil some water too. After seven days, we began to see results. I was amazed that I grew mushrooms! The basil was even sprouting. It won't be long until we can harvest the mushrooms and basil for a pizza. The boys are counting the days down as according to the instructions, three more days and the mushrooms will be ready to use. I am hoping the basil will be ready too.
These cool Mushroom Farm and Garden-In-A-Can make great Christmas gifts. Back To The Roots has many other products that teach kids about growing food. Go check out their collections. I love their Grow One, Give One program. When you take a picture of your product and upload it to their website, they will donate the same item to a classroom of your choice. We are going to donate one to the gifted teacher at our school. This will make for a great lesson for the kids in the gifted class.
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"These opinions are my own and I received a Mushroom Farm and a Garden-in-Can from Back To The Roots to facilitate this review."