Saturday, April 30, 2011
- Planted a row of blueberry bushes along the driveway (and a few lingonberries in between)
- Lined up 3 existing beds in a nice grid and added the 4th bed (Chris built it last fall and all I had to do was to move it from the backyard and filling it with soil)
- Put yardscape fabric and mulch on the paths between and around the garden beds
- Put stepping stones between the blueberries and the garden beds
- Enlisted a neighbor who happened to have a rotary cultivator to till soil along the woodline
- Planted a strip of shade-loving perennials in the tilled soil (Chris dug up all the holes)
- Moved goji berry to the backyard and replaced it with a dwarf peach tree (again, Chris did the impossible and dug up a huge hole for it through all the clay and rocks)
- Created a new pathway
- Finish putting mulch in the paths around the beds
- Line up the outside edges of the mulched paths with logs (the cheapest, free really, option we can think of; plus it's very easy to install and remove)
- Plant herbs in the pots and set them in a nice sunny location (it's a challenge to find one in our front yard)
- Bribe the neighbor to come over again and till the rest of what needs to be tilled
- Plant the rest of the veggies (peppers, eggplants and tomatoes)
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
This was M's independent discovery. He noticed this one rock that was red (the rest were whitish-grey) and said that it was obviously a Martian rock.
Later on we came across a beautiful spiral path...
... and a long and mysterious-looking infinite sequence with a limit (a tree tunnel). So we ran along its entire length.
We stopped at a small pond with koi fish and frogs and watched them. M wanted to catch fish, but I had to explain that these are not for catching. So he just sat there looking for the largest and the smallest of them for a while.Another unexpected zomatical (zoologically-mathematical) find was this little lizard that we spotted. I mentioned how both sides of the lizard's body were symmetrical and we talked a bit about this lizard's line of symmetry.
Then we walked around some more just enjoying the gardens. And then it was time to go back to where we started - to another koi pond with a big waterfall. And so we found another one of the clues - the boundary between two states of matter (in this case - solid and liquid).
When the rest of the trekkers all got back, there was a short discussion of the trek and then we all made a right-angle triangle (since I guess none could be found in the arboretum).
How much of this all stuck with M? Ok, the Martian rock and the spirals did, but the rest - I'm not sure. But you know, it's ok. This was our first Math Trek outing and we both loved it. The main idea was to discover all the beautiful things around us and to not be afraid of connecting them with mathematical concepts. Who knew math could be this relaxing!