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A Time To Plant

For your reading convenients below you will find all the A Time To Plant published in 2018

January 2018

Plant Basics:

Let's find out about plants. This applies to most plants, but there are some exceptions. Because we are located in many areas of the world, I want to focus here on general information.
What is a plant? It is a living organism. There are two types of living organisms: one is plant the other is animal. We will focus on plants.

There are 3 basic components to plants: roots, stems and leaves.
Roots are the supportive structure at the base of a plant. This part transports nutrients and water to the rest of the plant. Located under the soil, we often don't pay attention to this because roots aren't noticeable. Some roots grow close to the soil level and are shallow. Other roots grow deep.
An example of a plant with a shallow root system is grass. The root system stays close to the level of the earth it is anchored to.

Above the root system, above the soil, a stem develops. It supports the leaves, flowers and fruits, where nutrients and water are transported and circulated. These then travel back down to the roots.

Leaves have many variations in size and shape. Jan Ingenhousz discovered that plant respiration absorbs carbon dioxide, and releases oxygen at the cellular level. Animal kingdom life, with its intake of oxygen and expiration of carbon dioxide helps balance the cycle of plant respiration. Photosynthesis, the greening aspect of plants, takes place in the leaves.

A simple experiment, if you want to see the root, stem and leaf structures, it can be done with a clear drinking glass, raw beans or raw peanuts, and paper towels.
Hypothesis: a seed will produce life, forming roots, stem and leaves.
Dampen several paper towels, place in drinking glass. Place one or several raw beans or raw peanuts against the glass. Add more damp paper towels to hold beans in place. For several days, keep this out of direct sunlight, then it can go into indirect light. Keep paper towel moist, not wet. After a week or two, roots should form. Watch for a sprout, which will come to the surface of the towels, and produce leaves.
If your plant does not stick to the glass, it can be planted in soil once there are 6 leaves, the first two along with 2 more sets. Cover with soil just over the seed you originally watched grow. At this point, your experiment will have shown that from a seed, roots, a stem and leaves develop. Discard the experiment if you don't want to continue watching your plant grow.
If your vision does not allow you to see, then gently feel the experiment!
It is “thyme” for me to get back to my garden.

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