module3assignment2.docx - What Happened to My Garden Part I Introduction Bill\u2019s grandparents have had a garden for as long as he could remember As

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What Happened to My Garden? Part I: Introduction Bill’s grandparents have had a garden for as long as he could remember. As they got older, he helped them with the heavy lifting, moving dirt, digging potatoes, etc. But they still did most of the work, and reaped the fruits and vegetables of their labors most years. But this year was different. His grandparents’ peppers, kale, potatoes, and other vegetables were not only not thriving, they were dying – all of them. It had been an exceptionally wet year; usually they had to water everyday, but there had been enough rain to limit watering. In addition, Bill had set them up with a catchment system to catch and collect rainwater off the roof of their house. They had been using this to water the plants this year. His grandparents thought this water might be affecting their crops, or maybe it was the hailstorm they had early in the season. They had always saved seeds to replant every year, so that shouldn’t be a problem, should it? They also had new neighbors who had planted a garden right across the fence. They were a young family, just moved in, and they started their garden a bit late, but his grandparents were giving them advice. 1. What do you think could be causing Bill’s grandparents’ garden to die off? Describe a few possibilities. I think that the plants were over watered by the rain causing the air pockets to be clogged, and they weren’t able to get enough oxygen which caused them to die, another reason is the water they are getting off of the roof could also be collecting chemicals from the bricks or whatever it is they used on their roof, it could be mixing in with the rain water causing the plants to die. Lastly, maybe the seeds that they replanted were no good and caused them to barely grow if at all and die. Choose one of your explanations above (hypotheses) and construct an experiment to test it.
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