Saturday, July 10, 2010

GOTW ~ Part 7

This has been the coolest experiment I think I have ever done with the kids. It has been really long term already (we first planted in April), but what an amazingly educational and fun thing to do! I HIGHLY recommend planting the grains that you can find around you and seeing what comes of it in your area. (This is the link to the rest of the story and how we started out.)

Our newest fruiting grain has been the Oats... they just sprouted a couple days ago.

They are much different than the wheats, barley, and rye. The millet hasn't fruited yet, and the corn is still very much concentrating on the stalk of the plant, but I can see that if this weather keeps up, those two will be fruiting as well.

The rye has a very flat fruiting head. It reminds me of a braid of hair... flat, but textured.

The white wheat has a very bumpy fruit. It also has these little white pollen things that come out of it. I wish I was better at describing these parts, but honestly, I don't know any more about it than the kids. So hopefully, by the time we are done, I will be able to name all the parts of the grains too! ;)

The barley is the most "amber waves of grain" plant out there. It has long hairs at the end of the fruit and really beautifully symmetrical heads of grain. It waves in the sun and is already turning yellow. Once again, I really have to find the time to research how to get these grains to make bread.

The red wheat is very similar to the white... but the little pollen heads are even more prevalent and the seeds tighter in the fruit head. It is a slightly taller plant too. Not sure if that is how/when we grew it, or if it is actually a taller plant than the other wheat... but it has been fun to watch them all side by side.

(A link to our last years garden experiment with a Topsy Turvy and Tomatoes.)

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3 comments:

Susan said...

What a fabulous project--do you have enough of any of the grains to harvest and eat?

Val in the Rose Garden said...

I am hoping so... although I will have to learn along with the kids how that process works. If we get one loaf of bread out of it, I will be thrilled! If not, we will get all the grains from the store and grind them and make a bread from the same grains, just not from ours.

Blessings,

Val

Sravani said...

This is a wonderful project. And an excellent one for a science project experience. When my kids were younger, we used to plant just about every seed or nut of what we consumed. We were so excited to see what grew out of those casual plantings. And for two years, I got the help of my gardener to help tend crops in our backyard...corn, beans, okras, tomatoes, melons, zucchini and more...I needed some help learning, and it was just a great experience...have fun...

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