Saturday, April 5, 2008

Garden Unit Study

Lori at Heart of the Matter has put together a wonderful Unit Study on Gardens. I can't wait for our snow to melt, so we can get started on a garden.

Here are some fun ideas I have to include in a garden unit study:

Agricultural Field Trips

  • Visit a pick your own vegetable field.
  • Look around a garden center (in a store) and talk about the different products, plants, and seeds available.
  • Tour a greenhouse that grows vegetables or flowers.
  • Visit an apiary - a bee farm.
  • Go to your County Fair - look at the 4-H and FFA displays of fruits, vegetables, the farming industry, and antique tractors.
  • Grow your own beans or tomatoes and deliver them to a soup kitchen.
  • Tour a cannery.
  • Go to a botanical garden.
  • Look around an agricultural museum.
  • Go through a corn maze and ask for an educational tour, also.
  • Visit a pumpkin patch.
  • Go to a worm farm and learn how worms are helpful for the soil.
  • Look around a home and garden show.
  • Tour the 4-H Virtual Farm - growing wheat.
  • Learn about growing cocoa beans when you view the Making Chocolate Video at the Hershey site.
Make Your Own Container Garden

0109040: The Garden GameThe Garden Game

Players plant gardens with their "garden cards", trying to save the most seeds as they feed the soil, nurture plants and help neighbors through difficult weather cycles. The Garden Game is filled with information about every aspect of garden life, from slugs to flowers to weather, and it includes an additional booklet with a glossary and an introduction to gardening. 2-6 Players. $24.99


Mary@notbefore7 said...

Wow! You have such great tips and ideas. Thanks for sharing. My girls love gardening. I hope to do a study like this wiht them.

Danielle Gets a Green Thumb said...

I'm actually having part of my backyard dug up this morning in order to plant a garden ;). I definitely will include many of these great tips in our garden study ;)