Update: March 15, 2012
Please Report
Your Sightings!
Report Your Sightings
How does your garden grow? Get outside to observe and record this week. We have Journey North gardens in two continents. Study world temperature maps to look for patterns and ask questions. Does latitude make a difference in garden emergence? Which gardens are still under snow?

This Week's Update Includes:

Image of the Week
garden maintenance
Credit: Abbe Klebanoff
Clean Up for Spring!
Growth Chart: Can You See Them Grow?
With the right combination of heat, light, and moisture it seems possible to watch your plants grow. Be there to watch them!

Decide on interesting events to record, then go outside with your journal. Look for patterns and ask questions.

  • When will my tulip plants 10 cm. tall?
  • When did we first see red on the bud?
  • What date did the petals all fall off?

Use this chart to record your observations.

measuring the plants
Photo: Gayle McGehee
Growth Chart
News: Garden Highlights
The view for St. Patrick's Day looks GREEN! Gardeners are reporting warmer weather and earlier emergence than they can ever remember. The continent is warming up, and gardeners in warmer climates are seeing RED.

Compare: Temperature and Latitude East and West
Journey North students have planted gardens on two continents. Explore the world temperature map and guiding questions to compare garden latitudes and color bands in both hemispheres. Record your own thoughts and questions.


Look and Compare
Test Gardens: Maps and Journal Page
Green triangles are slowly creeping up the map in time for St. Patrick's Day! Take a moment to study the pattern of spring's arrival on the map animation. Describe what you see in your tulip journal. Study the maps showing where there is still snow and ice in this week's map journal page.
tulip gardens North America tulip gardens North America journal
North America
(map | animation | sightings)
(map | animation | sightings)

Come Back for the next Test Garden update March 22, 2012.