Update: February 7, 2013
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After You Plant:
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What is happening underground? Your test garden is a springboard to discovery. How will soil temperatures affect plant growth? This month begin temperature investigations in the garden. Spotlight on a squirrel-proof garden.

Today's Report Includes:

Image of the Week
Science Notebooking
Photo: Joy Thomas
Investigate: Soil Temperatures

On a warm day in January, Tennessee third graders reported, "The soil temperature was 14.0° C, and the air temperature was 29° C. No wonder many of our tulips are starting to peek out from the soil."

Design your own investigations to explore how soil temperatures affect plant growth.

Soil Temperatures

Spotlight: Squirrel-Proofing in Texas

After only 3 out of 250 tulips planted last year survived the squirrels, teacher Phyllis Swinney had a new plan for this year's Test Garden. She and a group of volunteers pre-treated their bulbs with an "organic squirrel repellent."

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Photo: Phyllis Swinney
Squirrel Proofing

Explore: Maps

Across the Northern Hemisphere our tulip investigation now has over 390 garden sites. Keep your eye on your gardens and report when you see the first signs of bulbs emerging.

tulip map


tulip map
(North America)
More Journey North Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on February 14, 2013.