Here in 1st Class Room 9, we love experimenting and learning about different things in our environment. On Friday 27th April, we planted some cress and basil seeds that one of our classmates brought into school that day. The seeds had come with smoothie cartons and so were held inside small cardboard circles. This cardboard is biodegradable- that means that it will break down, or decompose.
Broad bean seeds:
We decided to experiment with planting some broad bean seeds to see if they will grow in the same conditions as the cress and basil seeds. We planted these in clear plastic containers so that we can see any changes that happen. We monitored our broad bean seeds and this is what we found: on Friday 27th April we planted the seeds; on Wednesday 2nd May they had started to open; on Thursday 3rd of May the roots had started to come down and now on Friday 4th of May the roots are much longer!
Cress seeds: We put the cardboard circles (containing the cress/basil seeds) into three separate plastic white cups in between some cotton wool buds. We made sure to keep the cotton wool wet. We checked for growth each day.
This is what we saw on Wednesday 2nd May!
On Friday 4th May, our seeds had started to grow their roots.
On Tuesday 8th May, our seeds had really grown a lot! We can see that the roots have grown all along the bottom of the cups and the shoot is starting to appear too.
By Friday 11th of May, we could see the shoots and roots trying to push out.
We took this picture on Monday 14th of May. We were sop excited to see how much more our seeds have grown and developed. The roots of both seeds are spread around the bottom of the cups and the shoots are big and strong.
As you can see, the shoots of both of the seeds have burst through the surface completely now. They are very tall and strong. The roots are spreading out even further and are pushing through the cotton wool also.
Today is Monday, 21st of May. Our plants have grown a lot over the weekend, they have tall shoots and bright green leaves now. We think they look great!