The Q&A Archives: Growth Of Bush Peas With Fertlizer

Question: My niece (in 7th grade) is doing a research paper for school and needs to know the
plant growth of peas with the use of different kinds of fertilizers. Do you have any
information you could share or know where to point us? Thanks so much for your

Answer: Sorry for my tardy reply! If your neice is doing an experiment to find out how peas respond to different kinds and doses of fertilizer, the first step is to give the reasons behind the experiment. What do you think will happen? Do you think fertilizer will make them grow well, or poorly?

For research materials, start witt a vegetable gardening book that gives the fertilizer recommendations for peas. The same book should tell about many different kinds of fertilizer gardeners use. Then you can make an educated
guess, or "hypothesis," about what you think will happen to the peas on different fertilizer "diets".

Next, you can design an experiment where you use different kinds and doses on pots of peas, and see how the different treatments affect them. The results of your experiment will either support your hypothesis, or they won't, and you can talk about why you think you got the results you did.

Your science teacher or librarian can help you locate a book. Print out this e-mail and show it to them so they'll know how to guide you. Best of luck!

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