Tulip Garden Update: October 13, 2000
The First Journey North Gardens Have Been Planted!
In last month's report, we were waiting for the first gardens of the year to be planted. And the word was heard across the globe!
Students from Alaska to Finland set out to plant their Official Journey North Gardens. Here are some of their
Remember to Report When You Plant Yours
We've posted data below from the first Journey North Gardens of Fall, 2000. You can read comments from all gardeners on the Web. If you have planted your garden and you are NOT on this list, please report to Journey North. On the web, simply press the "owl" button and a Field Data Form will appear.
We're eager to hear from you as soon as you plant your garden!
How to Report
Simply press the "owl" button and a Field Data Form will appear. (From the same button, you can also "Go to the Sightings Database" and read comments from all gardeners.)
How to Map Fall Data
What If...? Time to Experiment!
What if you planted your tulips upside down? Or 10 inches underground instead of 7, as the planting instructions specify? Would it really matter if you planted them in a warm, sunny courtyard? What would happen if you didn't plant your garden exactly according to the instructions?
1) Plant your "Journey North" garden EXACTLY as instructed in the Planting Instructions.
2) Gather all the questions students ask while selecting your garden site this fall. As a class, discuss which of these questions you could test in an Experimental Garden. For example, does it matter if the tulips are planted in the shade? On the north side of a building? In a sunny courtyard?
3) Then, plant Experimental Gardens to test questions you'd like to investigate.
4) Important: Next spring, ONLY report to Journey North about your "OFFICIAL JOURNEY NORTH GARDEN." (You can tell us what you learned from your "EXPERIMENTAL GARDEN" in the "Comments" section of your report.) Remember, the planting instructions are the scientific protocol for the International Journey North experiment, so follow them carefully!
Going to Extremes
The 1st Annual Microclimate Challenge
If you're looking for ideas for an Experimental Garden, why not try your skills at our 1st Annual Microclimate Challenge?
Here is the challenge: Cause two tulip bulbs to bloom as many days apart as possible.
1) After you plant your Official Journey North Garden in the place that BEST matches your general climate, look for two opposite places that LEAST represent your general climate.
2) First learn about "microclimates."
See the lesson: "Understanding Microclimates: A Matter of Degrees"
3) Then find two areas whose microclimates are as different as possible. Find places where climatic differences are the most extreme. (Think about ALL of the factors that might affect the rate of tulip growth as you search for your two sites. Consider everything that will affect your bulb, from the moment you put it into the ground.)
4) Then tell us how you responded to this challenge!
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question:
1. Address an e-mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question # 2
3. In the body of the message, answer the Challenge Question.
The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on November 10, 2000
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