Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Work in progress Wednesday

The garden has been coming along nicely as I have shared recently. We decided through all our digging that the dirt in the new garden area had the making of the perfect volcano. So that is what we decided to do (before adding the compost and making it a beautiful area).

  • First we loaded an empty water bottle with baking soda and red food coloring (my dear son wanted the "lava" to be as accurate as possible in color).

  • We then took it outside and buried the bottle - making sure the lid was on the whole time. He was very careful about making the dome around the bottle and prepping the area for the lava flow.
  • Finally we opened the bottle and added vinegar. What a fun explosion! Certainly sparked a lot of fun scientific ideas and questions. What a great use of an empty, not yet refurbished garden!


Kayce and Robbie said...

Any idea what the vinegar does to the soil as far as plants growing there?

Original Cyn Studios said...

The soil is really clay in this area so the vinegar will help lower the ph of the clay and make the soil better. Vinegar is great for killing grass and weeds but don't use it where you want plants to grow. In my case, it will be fine. It was so little vinegar and I'm loading in tons of compost so it was the perfect place for this experiment. :)

Nancy Jones said...

Miss Julie would be proud!