School Gardens Essay

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School gardens are a good way to learn hands on about how plants grow, adapt, and survive. It is also a fun way to learn what is needed in order for plants to grow. While participating in a school garden students can also learn about the nutritional value that a plant has and how it is essential for our bodies. For this garden project I would like to plant romaine or cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and black beans. When all three of the plants are ready to eat, I would like to create a taco or some sort of Mexican type of dish. Romaine or cos lettuce is said to have originated from the Greek island of Kos, which is located off the coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea. It started being called romaine because it spread to Western Europe from Rome. Its scientific name is Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia. Romaine lettuce is the sweetest out of the four types of lettuce, which included leaf lettuce, butter-head lettuce, crisp-head or green ice lettuce, and romaine lettuce. Unlike most types of lettuce, romaine lettuce is fairly tolerant or heat and it can be grown year round. Romaine lettuce that is grown in the US is grown in Florida, California, Arizona, and other local growers in warm weather. It grows best in temperatures between 40˚F and 80˚F and rich, well drained, loose loam works best. When watering the plant, it should not be drenched in water. The best pH for the plant to grow in is between 6.0 and 6.8. The plant could be started out from a seed or a plant, but a seed might take a while longer. Seeds and the plant can be obtained from a local nursery farm or from a gardening store. Romaine lettuce should be planted between eight and ten inches apart from each other with rows between twelve and sixteen inches. From the time the seed is planted it should take around seventy and seventy five days for it to mature and be ready to harvest. The lettuce can be harvested

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