Purpose: To determine the effects of growing plants close together vs. growing plants farther apart.
Materials: Six medium-sized pots, 10 bean seeds, potting soil, water, ruler, large measuring cup, desk lamp, pencil.
Procedure: Fill all pots with an equal amount …
Photo by Jerry A. Payne, USDA,
The southeastern blueberry bee (Habropoda laboriosa) is a solitary, ground-nesting bee (family Anthophoridae) that has proven to be an especially effective pollinator of both highbush and rabbiteye blueberries (Cane and Payne 1988). It …
Comparison between bumble bees and carpenter bees.
A carpenter bee (lower center) surrounded by four different species of bumble bee. Note the absence of hair on the abdomen of the carpenter bee. Carpenter bees (family Xylocopidae) often resemble large bumble …
Blueberries are the most widely grown fruit crop in the United States. Blueberries are well-suited to organic culture, and good markets exist for organically grown blueberries. The production guide, Blueberries: Organic Production by the Natonal Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, addresses …
What words have you learned during your study of blueberries? Use this Word Search Puzzle to find the words at the bottom that are associated with blueberry consumption and production!
(For Grades 3-8)
Ultimately, all life on Earth depends on plants to provide food, shelter, and oxygen for other living things. Consequently, plant reproduction is crucial to all other life on this planet. The first step in plant reproduction is …
Thinning a blueberry bush is a necessary step for increasing the longevity of the plant. Find out more about thinning your blueberry bush from a professional organic gardener, Jeff Belli, in this free video.
Interpret the links between pollination and food production.
1. Explain to your class that most of the foods we eat (one out of …
Describe the complementary relationships between pollinators and the plants they pollinate. Identify adaptations that flowers have developed to “encourage” pollination.
Copies of Activity Pages 3A and 3B and the Take-Home Page.
Pens, pencils, crayons.