Good job yesterday getting through the two weeks of soils classes and readings. Now it’s on to Botany and Herbs Next Week!
Homework for Next Week
Web Soil Survey
Use this website: Web Soil Survey
This is a bit of a challenge task as it web-based, please have fun with it and do the best you can!
Choose any area you wish to learn about – your home and garden, a nearby farm or any other land.
- Initiate the survey by going to the address line and type in the address of your farm or a farm you would like to know more about. Hint: If the town is a subset of another town like Lyman is of Alfred, you may have to type in Alfred to get the farm located.
- Click “View” after you type in the address and that will take you to a big map.
- Use the 5-sided tool called AOI (area of interest) at the top of the web page. Click carefully, one click at a time to outline the field(s) you wish to know more about. If you make a mistake, which is easy to do, use the arrow key to go back – it takes a few seconds.
- Now you should get a map with an area of blue lines drawn around the field(s) you highlighted.
- Next click on the tab called Soil Data Explorer. You will get a map with codes for the soil type(s) on the map.
- Now click on the tab called Shopping Cart (Free). Then hit Check Out and then Get Now. This will generate a multiple page document.
Once you generate a report that show’s the soil types for the area you are researching, please view this table where you can get more information on each soil classification:
You may wish to save this as a PDF file. Then you could save it to your computer and share the report via e-mail or any way you choose.
Have fun with it, and if you get stuck, feel free to give me or Sue a call and we can work on it with you.
Readings for this week
Visit this Penn State Herb link and this Herb Society Beginners Herb Guide (PDF) you don’t have to read about every herb, but browse these two links and familiarize yourself with herbs that interest you.
In your manual’s Botany Chapter please review the sections on:
How Plants Grow: This section is extensive, you are not expected to read it all this week. Please review each section quickly to familiarize yourself with the resources there, then go back and read the sections that interest you most.
Also familiarize yourself with this UConn Plant Database — try searching by both Latin and Common names. Look up some of your favorite ornamental trees, shrubs or vines.
Please review this fact sheet: How Plants are Named
See you Thursday morning for our class on Botany Part I and Growing Herbs in Maine!
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