Thanks to a garden grant by the La Jolla Village Garden Club, our TCPS school garden has expanded just in time for our Plants and Animals science unit! Drop by and see our new oak barrel planters! We’ve covered them with bamboo teepees and bird netting to keep out the squirrels, and are using them to grow plants for our Plants and Animals unit. So far, we have planted celery, broccoli, peas, lettuce, cilantro, potatoes, plants to attract butterflies, and a barrel of plants that will be used to make vegetable dyes — purple cabbage, red sorrel, and marigolds. In addition, we’ve been learning another big idea in science — Connections — how plants and animals are connected. Red wiggler worms visited our classroom in their worm composter to teach us about the process of decomposition and the creation of fertilizer.
In the classroom, we are hypothesizing about which seeds will sprout first in cups — corn or beans — and measuring them on a daily basis. So far, corn is the earliest sprouter, but the beans are catching up fast!