Fill a clear box with dirt taken from your garden. It’s best if you take it right after you’ve watered so it’s a little moist. Then search the yard for small rocks, plants and even weeds and place them inside. (Weeds are especially great because you need to clear them from your garden anyways.)
Now, take a picture or make a drawing of what the box of soil looks like and then leave the box outside on the ground for 2 or 3 days. When you return, bring your picture and compare the two. Does it look any different? Be sure to dig through the box and see if any snails or worms have made their way to the box.
If you want to become an even bigger soil scientist, fill up a number of clear boxes with dirt taken from all over your neighborhood. Grab a pile from the park and one from your best friend’s house. Be sure to label the boxes. How are they different? How are they the same? What about after a week of sitting outside?
Please share with me what you found by emailing me your results at lisaelygardens.com.
For my teacher friends this is a great project for the classroom. Invite students to bring in samples in a baggie or butter container and spend a week observing the differences.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.