Ag Students Learning About the Importance of Water and Soil

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Three girls testing soil.

Testing soil in 7th grade Ag Class.

Many of you have heard about the Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Association of Clay County. One of their activities is to help in the process of designing a “garden” in the county. One garden that they had helped design and they maintain is the Pocket Park on the square. The Seventh Grade Agriculture class has been doing various experiments through the 4-H Junior Master Gardener curriculum to learn what is needed to grow plants.

Water is one item plants need. By building a water cycle aquarium, the students were able to see how the water cycle works and the role plants have in the cycle. Another activity showed just how much water is available on Earth for drinking water. Another experiment showed the importance of wetlands for the environment and its animals.

Soil is important for plant growth. Just like having the proper tool to get the job done, “proper” soil is needed for maximum plant growth. Through various experiments, the students learned how to create the right mixture of soil to grow plants, how to test the soil for the proper nutrients, and the steps to take to prevent soil erosion.

Through hands-on activities, the students were able to see how everything is tied together. Plants need water and they are part of the water cycle process. Plants are needed to prevent erosion and soil is needed for plants to grow.

For more information about 4-H or gardening, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center, 828-389-6305.