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Corn Study, Fibonacci, and Our Garden: Our Family Outdoor Hour

We started off our study by reading the pages in the Handbook of Nature Study about corn. There were some great details in there about corn and how it grows and the purpose of each part of the ear of corn.

We followed the outline of the questions on page 603 to go a little more in depth with the ears of corn that we had purchased for this study. We ate the corn after our study and my son described the taste as “sweet and crunchy”.

Here is a little excerpt from my son’s journal page:
“The rows are more orderly near the top and become an irregular mess near the bottom. This is partly due to the lack of space but also because the slight curve of some pushes others over and they push the next and so on. The end has little definable shape but is long in some parts and stops short in other rows. ”

Closely examining the ear of corn was really quite amazing, proving once again how taking a few concentrated minutes to study something commonplace produces a whole new appreciation for its beauty and design. We started wondering if corn follows the idea of a Fibonacci number or sequence and we did a little research.

We are constantly amazed at the design that our loving Creator has put before us if we only take the time to really see and appreciate.

Okay, back to our study. We germinated some corn kernels as part of our weekly nature study and we were all surprised that in a matter of days we had real corn plants growing. I unzipped the bag to allow the stems to poke out and they have continued to grow. The photo above is after five days of germination. I highly recommend this easy experiment as a way to see the process of growth. (The instructions are in the original challenge.)

We also planted some corn in our garden at the beginning of the crop plant challenges a few weeks ago. They are starting to get taller each day. I think we planted too many in our square foot…we shall see.

While we were out in the garden we noticed that our winter squash is finally forming.

We have two plants with about three squashes each so that will be a good crop for a first try.

Another new plant in our flower garden is the gladiola.

I planted shades of purple and they are gorgeous.

The glads are starting and the hydrangeas are fading. They are still very pretty even if their color is not as vivid. I am going to cut a bunch and keep them for dried flower arrangements.
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6 thoughts on “Corn Study, Fibonacci, and Our Garden: Our Family Outdoor Hour

  1. I read an interesting factoid about hydrangeas recently. It said that the blue color was a result of the amount of aluminum in the soil. Evidently you can make them more blue by adding aluminum sulfate to the soil.
    I told my kids that and then we kept spotting blue and pink hydrangeas and commenting on the various soil qualities where they were planted.

  2. Hydrangeas are like that. We have had pink ones that turn blue and this year the one I took a photo of started off almost purple. The color does change from year to year. 🙂


  3. That is so neat about the corn. I had no idea that our modern corn is so different from its wild counterpart. Fibonacci numbers fascinate me. I think I like the kernels better as spirals – it just seems right. Now that I know we human beings made them grow in straight rows I will see corn on the cob differently. Currently I see it as an allergen – now I will see it a mutated. LOL!

  4. Oh Barb- the little snippets from your garden remind me of ours here in Australia…. we are in winter now but we grew corn and it was soooo sweet (we must make a closer study this year! after reading this)… I have a hydrangea (I don’t know if it will grow, someone said it won’t) and I am planning on putting some PINK gladiolus in!!! How lovely!
    Thank you for another inspiring post!

  5. I learned so much by reading this post! I’d really like to delve more into learning about Fibonacci.

    And love the corn study, I never thought of sprouting corn, definitely going to give that a try!


  6. The video is great. We’re studying Fibonacci this week. Thanks!

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