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Seeds needs are being met in the parks thanks to the abundance of water, oxygen and warmer temperatures. Even if you can't see the tremendous activity underground, spring time is a very busy season.

What actually are seeds? Basically the three main parts of a seed are an embryo, supply of nutrients for the embryo and a seed coat. The functions of most seeds include nourishment of this embryo, dispersal to a new location and dormancy during unfavorable conditions like winter in Butler County.

There are plants that grow without seeds, such as ferns and mosses, which grow from spores. Irises grow from rhizomes and gardeners know that potatoes grow from tubers.

Remember the steps in a seed's life cycle? See photo 1.

Look in your pantry at home to find examples of seeds that your family eats, such as beans and peas. Picture 2 shows all the supplies you will need to make your own mini greenhouse with them. Tape it to a window and watch your seeds germinate. Once they grow roots and sprout with 2 leaves, carefully remove (can keep cotton ball with them) and plant in soil. Find a ruler and make a "measuring friend" like in photo 3 and keep a log of how fast your plant grows. Send us pictures of what you are growing with seeds.

Keep an eye out while exploring the parks for seeds starting to sprout and be amazed at how fast nature grows.

Plant Lifecycle
Measuring Friend