Spring is here! However, depending on where you live it may not look very much like spring outdoors. In our Canadian prairies spring comes late. Winnipeg still has lots of snow and here in Calgary it is still too cold to plant gardens outdoors. We are fortunate there are many ways to enjoy gardening indoors.
In this experiment we will learn what plants need to grow and be healthy.
You will need a collection of new plants and seeds, several small containers appropriate to be used as plant pots, and some soil, some sand, and some clay. You will also need some water and just a little bit of plant food in order to start growing a plant.
Have fun planting some seed in soil, some in sand, and some in clay in the containers. Do the same with the plants. Give some seeds and some plants water while giving other seed and plants none or just a little. And I also had the great idea of planting an apple tree in the garden (there are some wonderful apple trees for sale online) and now enjoy lovely fresh apples from the garden which is just fantastic.
Put some containers in plenty of sunshine but others in little or none. Give some plant food and others not. If you are brave, damage one plant by mishandling it. I can never do this because plants are so special to me.
Make a note of which seeds and plants you have watered and those you have not. Do the same with the containers you have put in the sun and those you have not and mark the plant you have been a little rough with.
Each day observe the containers and watch the seeds sprout and the plants grow. Compare the growth of the plants in different mediums and areas. What happened to the plant you damaged?
Did you discover:
1. There are different kinds of plants?
2. Plants differ in size, shape, type and structure?
3. They need air, sunlight, food, water, and protection?
4. They grow because they are alive?
5. They reproduce their own kind?
Hope you had fun!
Written by Ruth Wiilms. Reprinted with permission.
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