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Tulip Garden Update: December 1, 2006

Today's Report Includes:

Gardeners Digging In
View across the ocean

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.

  • Today's Data >>

Is it Still Planting Season?

Gardeners continue to enjoy warmer than average fall temperatures. Just 2 days ago gardeners 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.”
When will the fall weather turn too cold to plant?

Credit: The Weather Channel
Credit: The Weather Channel

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?
Your bulbs are settled seven inches underground, the temperature outside (on most parts of the continent) is dropping, and we're in the darkest time of year. Don’t you wonder about what's going on 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.

  • Soil Temperatures: Planning Your Own Investigations >>

A Drinking Straw, A Soil Thermometer, and a Testable Question
Act now if you are in a cold winter area where your soil freezes in early December. With a pencil you can drill a hole in the garden soil so you will have a way to insert the soil thermometer sensor even in the coldest weather. Then you’ll be ready to track temperatures for your own experiments.

  • What’s Happening Underground: Take the Soil’s Temperature! >>

Simulating Winter: Can you Trick Bulbs into Blooming Indoors? 
Your underground bulbs have natural seasonal life cycles. While waiting for spring to arrive, you can use what you know about these cycles to coax some to make an early appearance in your classroom.
Don’t wait to start this exploration – gather your bulbs now while supplies are still available!
  • Indoor Blooms and Experiments >>
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Find Your Planting Report
Report Your Sightings
Find the Owl button on every page.
Journey North has a gathering place for “real life” data. Did you know you can find yours, and all Tulips PLANTED reports?

There are 2 simple ways to do this:

  1. Data: Click on the “Owl” button to navigate to the “Sightings, Data, and Maps” page. Select Fall 2006 Data, then scroll to Tulips PLANTED. Gardens are organized by date planted.
  2. Map: Click on the “Owl” button. Click on the small Tulip map. Use the map icons to find your dot and read the pop-up Field Report you have submitted. Test yourself after you review what all the icons do >>

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:

“ Our 4th grade classes planted the official garden today. The weather was 68 degrees and overcast. The soil temperature was 61 degrees. We have 5 classes of students involved and would love to correspond electronically with other schools around the country.”

Teachers' Guide
The suggestions in this guide are provided to help teachers integrate Journey North's program in the classroom.

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on January 5, 2007.

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