We ate our lettuce last week. Some people were sad when we cut our lettuce so we are going to try to regrow our plants using the roots that have already been established. I have to say I was doubtful that they would actually regrow… not that I don’t trust Mrs. Rowland. 🙂 When we came in on Monday they were growing.
WE GOT A COMMENT! Thanks to Mr. Postumus for making a comment on our blog! It is cool to see that other people are looking at what we are doing in the classroom. Mr. Postumus asked to see the winner of the inexpensive hydroponic system contest. So drum roll please ……..
Our system was made from a v8 splash bottle and 2 sponges. We used some string to dangle into the bottom part of the bottle to bring water up to the sponges. We are hoping that the roots will grow into the string and then will continue to be watered by the water in the bottom of the system. While we are waiting for the roots of our plant to grow, we decided to increase our incomes a little, by earning money on gambling. Our income grows with atlas-conferences.com the online casino site of Austria. Time will fly by unnoticed, as your wallet will be filled with money, and with it grow plants.
We think that everyone should have a system like this in their window. They could grow their own vegetables with recycled bottles. It would be really cool. We are trying out our creation, we put two little sprouts in the system and are waiting for growth. Stay tuned. – RM
3/3- We planned on having our lettuce party on March 5th but when we came into school on Monday our lettuce was huge! Our plants on average grew 3.5 cm over the weekend. A few of our plants were starting to get some brown spots on the edge of the leaves so we made the decision to move the party up to Tuesday! A few of the girls were sad to see their plant go but it was inevitable…right? So we “harvested” the lettuce and were able to try the fruits of our labor.
Mrs. Rowland brought in cucumbers and tomatoes for us to add to the salad and other students brought in salad dressing and croutons. We had a lot of lettuce left over so we wanted to add it to the salad bar but there are some laws about that so we gave it to the teachers to eat before conferences. I have to be honest it was good lettuce and I don’t eat that kind of stuff. We cut the lettuce at the base and are trying to regrow it…we will see if we can. -DF
Yesterday our 3rd hour class went outside with some members of the Ada Township Parks and Rec. crew. We went around to multiple trees around campus and identified the tree life around us. Using prior knowledge and our hand-dandy tree cards we were able to identify 10 of the different types of trees around us. The crew members, Linda and Mark gave us knowledge on the trees as we recorded the information and took pictures.
2/3 We transplanted out seeds last week out of the germination bags and into the rock wool. We were surprised how fast the seeds sprouted. Speaking of sprouts, they are pretty good. When we were transplanting the sprouts a few of us tried them.
We have been making observations everyday since we planted our lettuce and so far the traditional method is “beating” the hydroponic system. This week we found the average growth of both methods and found that the traditional method is three times the size of the hydroponic. We had a lively debate about why that could be. We are blaming it on too much light and not enough top watering! -ar
Recently in Natural Expressions class we learned about robins and what they do in the frigid winter climate in Michigan. Robins do not migrate in the winter like other birds; instead they go where the food is. No berries and fruits, not robins. Robins are here in Michigan and they are hungry! We can help the robins, but don’t give them birdseed! Robins can not properly digest birdseed, so birdseed is a last-ditch effort. Instead put out fresh fruit on a plate, at first there may not be many robins, afterall they are used to finding fruits on trees and bushes. Eventually you will have many happy and fed robins. Another way you can help the winter robins is to put out a bird bath. I know what you are thinking, “But, the water will freeze, it is too cold.” You can buy heated birdbaths in many gardening stores. Watch out, if the bird bath is steaming the condensation will coat the bird’s feathers. That makes the bird cold, and can even make it so the bird can not fly. Heated birdbaths and fresh fruit will positively impact the winter robins of Michigan. The birds will thank you!-Ella G 4th hour