This plant (sugar) isn’t looking so good right? Its leaves are dying and is starting to lean over. Do we think this plant is getting the right amount of nutrition?
The plant (non-sugar) has sprouted beautifully. It’s green and the flowers are growing. Is this plant healthy?
Which plant do we think was watered with sugar and which wasn’t? How can you tell? What do you think would happen to you if you only ate sugar?
This experiment is a lot similar to healthy eating for people.
Why does this happen?
Did you know that plants actually produce their own sugar called glucose? This process is called photosynthesis. Giving the plant extra sugar will cause the plant to lose water and die.
Vitamins in the Garden
1. What is this plant? (Carrot)
Did you know that carrots have a lot of vitamin A? Carrots can improve vision and are good for growth development, and immune function. Recipe with carrots? Carrot Rice
2. What is this plant? (Zucchini)
There are many different kinds of vitamin B’s and zucchini has B6. B6 is good for your heart and your brain. Recipe? Zucchini Bread
3. What is this vegetable? (Cucumber)
Cucumbers have a lot of vitamin C! Vitamin C helps protect the cells in our body. Recipe: Cucumber Sushi
4. What is this fruit? (Tomato)
Tomatoes have a lot of vitamin K. Vitamin K makes proteins that help build our bones! Recipe: Homemade Salsa