This year’s 4th graders got to harvest the potatoes planted by last year’s 4th graders. They learned about how a “potato seed” is actually just a potato. When planted, shoots grow up so the leaves can help make food for the plant, and new potatoes grow along the roots underground. We dumped out the potato sacks and they searched through the big pile of dirt to pull out all of the potatoes they could find. We didn’t find all that many and most of them were small. Hopefully, some of the classes can do some research to help us figure out why the potatoes didn’t grow well and let us know what we need to do differently to have a better crop next year!
We used the soil from the potato sacks to plant some seeds that were saved from the vegetable garden. Each class planted seeds for dill, garlic chives, marigolds, and beans. They also brought back one of the potatoes to observe as it starts to sprout.
We’re looking forward to watching everything grow in their classrooms over the next few weeks!