Squanto’s Soil Fertilization Method

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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 effects fertilizer has on soil. This activity will teach a child about patience as they wait to answer the question about which soil will be healthier.

  • Supplies:
    • two medium-sized pots
    • gardening gloves
    • spade
    • soil
    • fertilizer of your choice (manure, compost, or coffee grounds which can be obtained 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 notebook/journal
    • paper (if using a binder) – copy paper, cardstock and/or 140 lb weight paper if using watercolors
    • pencil and eraser
    • art medium of choice (colored pencils, watercolors, crayons, or markers)
    • page protectors
  • 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.
  • Determine which plant looks healthier; the one grown in the soil with fertilizer, or the plant grown in the unfertilized soil?
  • Note and document findings as the seeds begin to grow.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Don’t forget to transplant your plants outdoors when able (will depend upon your growing zone).
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.