- We spent many days at my husband's family farm to look for seeds and to look at the parts of plants.
|The creek banks provide a good opportunity for observing tree roots.|
- We took cuttings from mature plants, put them in water, watched them take root, and planted them in pots.
- We planted bulbs in clear containers inside the house.
On the left are several of our plant cuttings. On the right are Paper White bulbs. The seed in front is the avocado seed we soaked in water for several weeks before it took root.
- We soaked an avocado seed, watched it sprout and now have a sweet little tree! It took a long time for it to take root. We nearly gave up. But once the tree started growing, it grew pretty rapidly. The kids had fun measuring it each day to see how much it had grown.
A March picture of "the guacamole tree"
- We tried planting the top of a pineapple, but did not have success with this project.
- We transplanted iris tubers in the yard.
- We read "Grocery Store Botany" by Joan Elma Rahn. It has project recommendations at the end of each chapter that can be done using fruits and vegetables that most people have in their homes. It also talks about common vegetables and fruits and explains what part of the plant is eaten.
- We planted our own garden in the backyard.
- We learned to identify several different trees that can be found in our area by looking at the leaves and the bark.
- We learned the names of common wildflowers and weeds in our area.