Week 2 of Gardening

Last week I had a project about sprouting seeds but there was an accident and they spilled on the floor before I could get a picture. This week i had a project on growing a lemon seed it hasn’t started sprouting above the soil but it will soon.

This week we talked about the purpose of growing plants. A good question you should ask your self is, “Is there something in particular that you want to grow?” I would like to grow raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers. The location and sunlight of your plants is very important. Most plants need 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. Most people put gardens close to the house so that it’s easier to access. Is it important to arrange taller plants in the north section of your garden this will allow all of your plants to receive an even amount of sunlight because since the sunrises in the east.

Week 1 of Garden Science

This is my first week of garden science and just like the other two Sections of the science I will have seven weeks of this and then I will be starting a new section which will be my fourth and  last section of the year 

Reasons to make a garden are:

  1. Gardening is a great reason to spend time outside 
  2. Gardening is a great stress reliever
  3. Great way to become healthy
  4. It saves a lot of money
  5. Gardening allows you to easily study plants

During this section Garden science I will have up to 9 different projects 

essay lesson 70: carnivorous plants

This essay will be my last essay of plant science and I will be going on to a gardening section. 

In this week of plant science we talked about carnivorous plants, some carnivorous plants are:

  1. Snap traps
  2. Flypaper traps
  3. Pitfall traps

One of the most famous snap trap is the venus fly trap, this snap trap has 2 lobes with a mid rib separating them and on the snap trap there are tiny hairs called hair triggers and when on is hit it starts to close about half way but when 2 or more are hit then the plants snaps done and about 2 week later the plant reopens. The flypaper trap is a plant with sticky goo that stops bugs and small animals from leaving. There are two types of flypaper plants: the sundew genus and the butter wart genus. A pitfall plant is a plant that has a hole in the plant that has water inside that catches the bug. There is usually nectar around the edges that attracts bugs but when they get nectar they slip and fall in the water.

Clean the ocean

Do you know how much of the ocean is polluted? About 85%.Did you know that the polluted ocean is affecting humans? While we are throwing out our trash it is being dumped into the ocean and most underwater animals are eating the trash such as fish so if fish are eating the trash and we are eating fish then we are eating plastic. Another issue with pollution is that if we don’t clean the ocean it will die and if the phytoplankton “the main source of our oxygen” dies then the human species will go extinct and lastly over 1 million innocent marine animals have died from pollution.

 So stop the pollution and be part of the solution. 

The cocoa climate

The Cocoa Belt essentially follows the tropics, extending twenty degrees north and south of the equator. Much like their parent trees, cocoa beans need constant warm temperatures in order to thrive – usually between 65 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit – along with high humidity and ample rainfall (40-100 inches annually).they will usually grow in warm climates like the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.

The health benefits of Cocoa

Cocoa has lots of benefits but i dont mean the milk chocolate i mean the 100% dark chocalate. The Chemical compounds in dark chocolate have many benefits such as epicatechin which blocks from brain damage after a stroke.Dark chocolate is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals, and it generally contains less sugar than milk chocolate and white chocolate .Some research suggests that dark chocolate may help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation and improve brain function. Dark chocolate contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation.Regularly eating dark chocolate may help reduce a person’s likelihood of developing heart disease.100% dark chocolate is very bitter and will most likely not taste that good compared to milk chocolate or white chocolate.The health benefits of dark chocolate come primarily from the flavanols present in the cacao solids.

Essay Lesson 45: Botany Week 3

Reasons for foraging

The first reason is that you can make a salad from your backyard. The second is that you can find food out in the wild. The third is you can spend less money on food.the fourth is to prepare you for national disasters. lastly you will feel better eating plants because they increase your energy level, thinking ability, memory and complexion.

Poisonous plants

Bane berry is a poisonous plant that is from the buttercup family, it has glossy white or red colors.the berries from baneberreys can causes cardiac arrest of ingested. Another poisonous plant is the poison ivy these leaves are shiny and are in sets of 3 , there will be an extremely a itchy rash if touched.  

Essay Lesson 50: Two diseases and two pest that cacao trees have

The first disese is the witches broom which the fungus attacks the tissue causing the cacao tree to produce some branches the have nofruit of seeds. The second is the frosty opd rot which is when the fungus infects only actively growing tissue especially the young branches, it take about 1-3 mouths to see the appearance which is a white fungal mat on the surface of the pod.

The first pest is the mirids which pierce the surface of coca stems, branches, and pods killing the penetrated host cells and produce unsightly necrotic lesions. Mirids eating shoots often result in death in branches. The secound pest is the cocoa pod borer also non as (CPB) which atack both young and mature cocoa pods, infestation of young pods end in heavy loses because the quantity and quality of the cocoa beans become seriously affected.