Surprise! Seeds Have Germinated!

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I was excited to find out that the seeds the 2nd grade planted last week in the newspaper cup, have sprouted! I asked the kids if they remembered what the seed packet indicated under days for germination. Eight to ten days is the typical rate for snap peas to sprout. Their seeds sprouted on Tuesday; only six days from sowing to germination! I told the kids that last Thursday, I had also sowed my own snap pea seeds in newspaper pots just as they had. But, I left mine in the garden, three pots outside and three pots in the shed. They were so curious to see how mine had done in comparison to their seeds but, before the big reveal, I wanted the kids to list the environmental conditions each set of seeds experienced in the classroom, outside in the garden and inside the shed.

The environmental conditions included:

  • moisture
  • temperature
  • light (fluorescent vs sunlight vs complete darkness).

I asked them to make a prediction about how they think my seeds did in comparison to their seeds.imageimage

We looked at the seeds that were left outside first; there was no germination at first glance, but once we dug into the seed starting medium, the kids were very surprised! The seeds had germinated, only not as fully as the seeds in the classroom! The seeds in the shed had sprouted too! We could see the very top of the seedling barely emerging from the seed starting medium! Most of the children had hypothesized that my seeds would not sprout in the outdoor conditions and with no light in the shed. So we took a moment to reflect on what the most important conditions are for the germination of most seeds; moisture and temperature. We then pulled out some seedlings to really see germination in action!

 

 

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Alex Aleshire

Alex Aleshire has been playing in the dirt for as long as she can remember! As an avid edible gardener with a background in child development, she has a passion for connecting people with the earth. After designing "Outdoor Classroom"  gardens for several schools, she became a Los Angeles Master Gardener and a Grow LA Victory Garden coordinator. "Helping children gain respect for where their food comes from and teaching them that their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities, is a great passion of mine" When Alex isn't gardening, she's over the potter's wheel, painting, camping and taking care of her kids, hubby, pups, cats, chicks, bees, turtle and fish! Whew!

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