Monday, March 14, 2011

Science Sunday

Mar09_Planting

We read a lot of books describing how the plants grow – both fictional and non-fictional. Anna even took How a Seed Grows to a show-and-tell in her preschool and explained all the theory to her friends. But she was delighted to go from theory to practice when we started planting. Our backyard is not big, and the plants were well established before we moved in. This year, however, my husband constructed a planter, and we want to start a vegetable garden.Mar09_Planting2

We have mostly planted herbs in small containers so far to be transplanted later. Anna is checking them diligently every day, but gardening is definitely not “an instant gratification” activity. She is asking every day when we can plant more – we want to add tomatoes, beans and eggplants to the bigger planter. We also planted watermelons in the cup. I certainly hope for Anna’s sake that watermelon seeds will sprout even though I have no idea just yet where we will put them. She is super excited about them since she loves watermelons.

I am linking it to Science Sunday hosted by Adventures in Mommydom and to Read, Explore, Learn hosted by JDaniel4smom.

10 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I love that Anna educated her preschool class as part of show and tell!

One thing I learned about tomatoes: they grow much more (and produce more tomatoes) if they have something to climb. One of my friend's husbands out here constructs a five-foot climber for his tomato plants, and their tomato plants climb clear to the top - and produce TONS of tomatoes!

Debbie said...

MarryAnne is correct about tomatoes, we use to use wire tomato cages (I can't think of what they were actually called). Look forward to seeing how your garden grows!

Phyllis said...

I love kids garden projects. I still love to look at the photos of the one I did with Katie when she was about that age.

Jess said...

My kids love working in our garden. We just finished making the plans for our veggie garden this weekend and we are waiting for warmer weather to start planting.

Love your blog, I'm a new follower.

Jess
quinsmomma.blogspot.com

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We're sooooo far from planting weather yet - but we'll enjoy watching Anna's garden grow, while we're waiting!

Ticia said...

I have mixed results in gardening.

I'd agree on the tomato cage, they do grow better.

Julie said...

I hope all your seeds take! We had a vegetable garden last year that gave a few things, so we're hoping to do even better this year. The kids just helped my husband plant a few things this past weekend as well.

littlewondersdays said...

I think its amazing how much kids seem to love gardening. We did the upside down tomatoes last year and had good success. I your watermelons grow, that would really be exciting for her.

Christy said...

I have no clue how to grow anything. Black thumb here.

Susana said...

I don't know how to grow anything either, but my dad always uses cages and he grows awesome tomatoes:-).

I hope Anna's garden grows lots of things for her to try!