Squanto’s Soil Fertilization Method

The Abundant Garden: Growing Quality Kids Through Gardening by Kinderfarmhomeschool.com

Squanto’s Soil Fertilization Method – an activity for children of all ages. This activity is similar to the earthworm soil test. This experiment will allow a child to see the effect fertilizer has on soil. This activity will teach a child about patience as they wait to answer the questions, “Which plant will be healthier? The one grown in the soil with fertilizer or the plant grown in the unfertilized soil?

  • Supplies:
    • two medium-sized pots
    • gardening gloves
    • spade
    • soil
    • fertilizer of your choice (manure, compost, or coffee grounds which can be gotten free from Starbucks). If you use manure make sure that it is well composted.
    • seeds of your choice: we suggest planting any type of bean seed (if you live in a colder climate, you may need to move your pots indoors)
    • gardening journal
    • pencil
    • eraser
    • art medium of your choice (if desired)
  • Fill both pots with soil.
  • Add the fertilizer to one pot. (You can mix a handful into the soil for a medium pot.)
  • Plant seeds in each pot per seed packet’s directions.
  • Place both pots in the sun.
  • Water the plants equally, again per seed packet’s directions.
  • Note and document findings in your gardening journal as the seeds begin to grow.
  • Don’t forget to transplant your plants outdoors when able (will depend upon your growing zone).