Pollination and Seeds at Stevenson Elementary

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This morning I plucked some full grown corn from my personal garden and headed to Stevenson Elementary for our lesson on pollination.  The tassels have formed at the top of the 10 foot stalks and the silks are just starting to peep out below. I showed my classes the relationship between the tassels and silks (being the male and female part of the plant). Corn is pollinated through wind, while our baby cucumbers in the garden are rely on pollinators (mostly bees) to unite the male and female parts of the plant.  
Part 2 of garden class involved collecting nasturtium seeds! The nasturtium flowers have grown big and healthy this spring. As they reach the end of their lives they’ve begun setting their seeds! Nasturtium seeds are large and easy to see- they are perfect for elementary school students to find!  Each student received an envelope to fill.  On them the wrote the name of the plant, drew a picture and today’s date. They were stoked to take them home for their own gardens or as gifts to other gardens! We ended class snacking on nasturtium flowers, borage flowers and mint! It made for quite the rainbow of colors.
  

 

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