Tulip Garden Update: April 7, 2000
Look What We Found In Kloewer's Class Tulip Plot
Among the 27 gardeners who wrote this week to say their tulips had bloomed, Mrs. Kloewer and her students sent us proof that their tulip garden in Nebraska was picture ready. "Our garden bloomed today, and here we are!"
What If...? Inquisitive Minds Want to Experiment!
When students read the planting instructions in the fall, someone always asks, "Well, what would happen if we DID plant our 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?
Experimenting students in Vermont tried this:
"We planted some tulips upside down to see what would happen. We planted one garden according to JN specs. And we planted others randomly around the building. Had a beautiful day, followed by rain. Perfect!"
-Dummerston Elementary in Dummerston, VT(email@example.com)
Now, for Some Upside-Down Tulip Results:
Challenge Question #12:
Try This Experiment in Your Classroom!
Explore the magical ways of plants. How do plants know how to grow up towards the soil surface? Try this simple experiment:
Seeds Upside-Down: Follow the Zig Zag Trail
Discussions for you and your class:
To Water or Not To Water: Young Scientists Respond to Our Challenge Question.
Earlier we reported that this is the 2nd year the official Texas garden hasn't bloomed because it's too dry. Maybe we should allow watering!
In Challenge Question #10, we asked your opinions, "Does your class think Journey North gardeners should be allowed to water their gardens? (In your answer, give all the pros and cons your class listed. Explain.)"
And now..for your votes?Ha!
It's unanomous (almost). Everybody says we shouldn't allow the Texas school to water and alter the experiment--everyone that is, except for the garden in Texas!
So, I guess we will keep our experiment scientific! Sorry for your drought, Mrs. Kent's Class at Hidden in Kingwood,
Amanda Mantello from GMS Shares The Wild Wisdom of Native Plants: A Fantastic Fable
Amanda's Fable, and Her Thought Process!
Fable: When Mary was a child she loved taking trips to the forest because she loved to look at wild flowers. When she grew old she decided to plant a garden. So, when spring came she planted a garden with millions of flowers. Winter came and the flowers slept. One day that winter temperature risked 20 degrees, a shock to the weather men, and the tulips wanted to come up. The wild native flowers begged them not to because they were used to the climate and they knew this heat wouldn't last. That weather didn't last and so the temperature dropped and the garden variety flowers started to freeze.
Moral: Listen to your elders because they have lived longer and experienced more.
My thought process: Garden variety plants can learn many lessons from the wild and wise native plants because native plants have adapted to the climate of their region because they have lived there for so long. They have taught themselves to ignore some of the temperature increases so that they do not freeze when weather drops back to its normal, colder temperatures. These adaptations if taught to garden variety plants can help them to survive.
-Amanda Mantello from GMS
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