Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ms. Gardner's class plants seeds in the butterfly garden

Today we reinforced the 4th grade science study in the garden. The kids discussed the main pollinators and what they do. The ones we're trying to attract to the garden are butterflies, hummingbirds and moth although bees are important pollinators.  The kids gave good descriptions of how the animal gets pollen on it and then takes that pollen to another plant!
They planted fast growing zinnia seeds which should emerge in 5-8 days.

The kids also planted seeds in individual biodegradable pots to take home. Watermelon, canteloupe, and lettuce were most popular. We discussed the meaning of biodegradable. The kids know that the pots will decompose in the wet soil once planted. They need to remove the bottom of the pot and cover the top lip or take it off when planting.

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