Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

May Planting Experiments in the Third Grade

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Where will the seeds grow best?

Where will the seeds grow best?

Third graders had lots of opportunities to test out their hypotheses about how and where plants grow best in Dena Weiss-Tisman’s class this spring. With their teacher they designed an experiment to find the best place for growing basil. Along the way they discovered that basil seeds are about the size of a period in their books. Seedlings were started in the classroom window, on a bookshelf and in a drawer. Another group were brought to Harlow farm greenhouse. Even I was surprised at the outcome. Perhaps because our classroom window faced south and because the seedlings were consistently watered, the classroom window  seedlings did just about as well as the ones in the commercial greenhouse.

close-up of a basil seed

close-up of a basil seed

Dark Shade or Sun

Dark Shade or Sun

Planting Basil

Planting Basil

predicting and recording in science journals

predicting and recording in science journals

examining root systems

examining root systems

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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