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Sunday, May 22, 2011

How does your garden grow?

We decided to start tracking the growth of our veggies in the new garden, especially since the corn has started coming up so fast.  My son did a TOPS science unit study a while back called Green Thumbs:  Radishes, and one neat part of the experiments was tracking the growth of the sprouts...  "They grow up so fast!"


To make a plant tracker for the garden, we started with a yardstick and screwed it onto a dowel rod with the dowel going several inches beyond the end of the yardstick.


 This way, the dowel can go into the ground and leave the end of the yardstick level with the ground.  Now we can track the corn  sprouts from 0 inches on up to 3 feet, and it can easily be pulled up and placed near different plants. 



Now that our pole beans are starting to emerge, we're going to track them too, and I'm preparing this germination stencil activity for the kids to use in their nature journals.

13 comments:

April said...

That's a great idea, I think we might borrow that. We're new homeschoolers, too.

Madonna said...

What a great way to incorporate learning into your gardening!

Stef Layton said...

What a TERRIFIC idea with the ruler - thats brilliant! Thanks for sharing!!

Stef

Contessa Kris said...

I love the idea of tracking the plant's growth! I'll have to try that. Last year at a garage sale we got a rain-odometer or whatever you call them that measures the rain (you can see it in some of my gardening pics attached to a bed.) We like seeing how much rain we've had in the last few weeks. (Found you via the HV Garden Challenge post.) Stop by and visit my blog!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE the yardstick idea...I may have to steal it! :)

Becca said...

I think we'll use that yardstick idea next year! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

Oh, cool! Why have I never thought of actually having them measure the sprouts??? Thanks for sharing!

MissMOE said...

We measured our plants as well, but having the dowel on the yard stick to make sure it is level would have been so handy. Thanks for the idea--and the link to the stencils.

Erika said...

Fun idea!

Zonnah said...

I love the dowel attached to the yard stick idea!

Beth said...

What a great way to engage you folks and older ones too!

The Sage Butterfly said...

Interesting way to track progress! This will make it easier for everyone.

Lynn said...

I love using the garden as a place of learning for my kids. I love this idea. Thanks.