Tulip Garden Update: December 1, 2006
Today's Report Includes:
Gardeners Digging In
A flurry of planting since last month has brought us an additional 170 new gardens to watch. Some of these gardens are located in warm climates and will be planted in 2007 after their bulbs are pulled from the refrigerator and planted. (*If you plan to plant in January 2007 report your Tulips PLANTED now – just report the planting date as January 1, 2007.) The final map will be published in the next Update Jan. 5, 2007.
Is it Still Planting Season?
continue to enjoy warmer than average fall temperatures. Just 2 days
in Thornwood, NY reported, “Another class
at Columbus planted 12 bulbs today. The weather has been unseasonably
warm so we could still get them in the ground. It has been about
55-60 degrees F this whole week.”
Study these weather maps. What can you say about the temperatures on the East coast? Describe the maps and predict what might happen on in the coming days.
What’s Happening Underground?
What’s the temperature down by your bulb? Is the temperature underground different from above ground? Will it be warmer the deeper I dig into the ground?
Brainstorm YOUR questions about soil temperatures. Then decide which questions are “testable,” and set up an investigation to answer.
A Drinking Straw, A Soil Thermometer, and a Testable Question
Simulating Winter: Can you Trick Bulbs into Blooming Indoors?
Don’t wait to start this exploration – gather your bulbs now while supplies are still available!
Find Your Planting Report
There are 2 simple ways to do this:
Spotlight on the Classroom
Click on any garden site on the Journey North Tulip Garden map and it is like “visiting” another classroom. Find out about the garden and, if you are interested, email them about your school.
Read what one classroom from Dunwoody, GA reported:
The suggestions in this guide are provided to help teachers integrate Journey North's program in the classroom.