Today the Jr. Master Gardeners learned the hows and whys of sorting monocot and dicot seeds and leaves. First they learned why scientist sort them in the first place. They decided it is easier to figure out what they are if they are put in some sort of order. They learned that most plants in the our community garden are in two main groups: monocots and dicots. The veins in monocot leaves all go the same direction, dicots go all different directions. Then they went out into the garden to find some examples of both kinds of leaves.
They also learned how to tell the difference from a seed that has just sent out it's first leaves. Monocot plants only have one seed leaf, where as dicots have two seed leaves. Here the kids are documenting their findings.
Next they worked on had a fund raising project. A couple weeks before a few of the kids had gotten together to color eggshells. Now they are filling them with dirt and planting some hens and chick plants in them. They then sold them for a dollar a egg to help raise money to fill the food pantry selves. I heard they sold out quickly. Next year we hope to do more.
Planting the eggs and showing off the first dollar made.
Here the Jr. Gardeners are posing with their newly planted eggs next to the food pantry shelves.
The gardeners were busy today. They also feed the worms in the new worm bin.
Toward the end of their time together the Jr. Master Gardeners shared what they learned and made with the community gardeners who had stopped gardening long enough to have a coffee break.
The next meeting is Saturday April 18th. They will be studying the "Power of Seeds". Can a seed really flip a coin?