Homeschool experiment

May 5th, 2009

I just realised it has been a while since I have written anything about our homeschool journey. So today I thought I would share one of our experiments we will be doing over the next few months. Because we live in the WA Central Wheatbelt we thought we would do an experiment that revolved around farming of wheat.

We are setting two small patches of dirt one metre square each. In both patches we will prepare the soil the same, except one we will water every two weeks and the other we will just leave to be watered by the rain. We are also going to give the first one the right amount of fertiliser etc that it needs. Hopefully we can give it “ideal” conditions.

What we are hoping to do is see what happens in both plots and see the difference between them. We will record the growth height and take photos every two weeks. We will also weigh it all when we harvest at the right time and see the different between the two crops.

What I am hoping will happen is we will be able to see the difference in the crops and we can learn just how important the right conditions are for farming in this region. As a by product I think we will also get a better understanding of some of our friends who are farmers. We will be doing on one metre square plots, but some people we know do it in the thousands of acres!

I already have a huge respect for long term farmers, but somehow I think this experiment might up that respect to a new level!