Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 3 observations: Adam, Aya, Jake, and Kiera.

Day 3 observations:

Our plant looks like it is growing in healthy way. No dry patches yet. A new plant is sprouting near the main plant. They both look a little bit taller, but again, not by much. Maybe it is a little bit dry, but the water is still flowing good.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

keeping track of Thyme- Amanda, Anne, Emily, Graham

Our hypothesis is if we increase the fertilizer so will the growth will decrease, because the amount of fertilizer we put with the plants will overwhelm the plant and will stunt its growth.

Day 1: The pH level was 6, the Nitrates was 40, and Phosphate was 1

Day 2: The pH level stayed the same at 6, the Nitrates also stayed at 40, and the phosphate went up at to 2.

Day 3: When we came into the classroom we noticed part of one of the plants was dead, we noticed the water pump was not working and giving all the plants the water they needed. After adding more water and making sure water was going to all of the plants equally, we hope the water will help bring the plants back to life and help the others grow.

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The Mint Squad!

Mint Squad
Natalie, Sam, Rachel, and Lily

  • Overview
    • Jobs:
      • Natalie - Engineer
      • Lily - Note taker
      • Sam - Programmer
      • Rachel - Researcher
    • Hypothesis: If we add 1.5 times the recommended amount of nutrients, then it will grow bigger and stronger faster because having more nutrients will promote more growth.
    • Variables
      • Independant: Amount of nutrients (tsp per gallon, will be adding 3 tsp in all) (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium)
      • Dependent: Growth of plants
      • Control: All besides nutrients
    • What each nutrient does
      • Nitrites
        • Help make green and healthy leaves
      • Phosphates
        • Help the roots and growth
      • Potassium
        • Help with changes in temperature + protection against diseases
  • Day 1
    • Assembling bucket
      • Label our bucket with our names
      • Drill holes in bottom to allow water passage
      • Rinse + add in clay beads to act as soil
      • Rinse dirt off plant + place plant in beads
      • Add water (with nutrients already in) + pump + light
    • Taking data
      • Temperature: 20 celsius
      • pH: 6
      • Phosphates: 1ppm
      • Nitrates: 40ppm
      • Observations: Starting to grow a little bit
    • Pictures
  • Day 2
    • Taking data
      • Temperature: 20 celsius
      • pH: 6
      • Phosphates: 1ppm
      • Nitrates: 40ppm
      • Observations: Thriving! Leaves are very green compared to most other groups, and the smell is amazing! It seems to have been a very good idea to add more nutrients than needed, because it is clearly helping our mint plant!
    • Pictures
  • Day 3
    • Taking date (no data was required to be taken on day three besides observations)
      • Observations: Visibly taller, thicker in mass, bright green and healthy looking
    • Pictures
  • Our instagram page!
    • Visit us at @biomintsquad

Cameron, Niv, Ben cilantro May 16

Today we did not measure the pH, nitrates, or phosphates levels, as the class has ran out of testing materials. From looking at the plant, we saw that some leaves were drying out and turning brown. This was likely from a lack of water, so we added some more. We also noticed that the pump was not working properly, which we fixed simply by unplugging it and then plugging it back in. Overall, the plant is still living, although still facing some challenges water-wise.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Gary the Cilantro #1

Our original plan was to grow cilantro, but they ran out so we are growing mint instead!! Our original variables were ladybugs and cilantro. We unfortunately did not have the opportunity to add ladybugs into our hydroponic bucket. During our first day, we assembled the bucket and planted the mint. During our second day, we calculated the temperature (20 degrees C), pH (6), phosphate (2ppm), and nitrates (40ppm).

Today we noticed that the other plants in our class were dying and that our mint looked pretty healthy. Our mint looked nice and green, and were continuing to grow. It has only grown on one side of the bucket and we hope that it expands to the other side. The mints are getting enough water based on their condition.

For pictures and videos: follow @garythecilantro on Instagram!!!

Written by Maya Antebi (Data Recorder)

Adam, Aya, Jake and Kiera Day 1-2

DAY 1: Our plant is dead today, may Timmy rests in Peace. We realized it didn't get enough water and nutrients. We planted the new plants right next to the water source and added more nitrate nutrient.

DAY 2: Today we checked on our new plants that we replanted cause last time they dies. It seemed a little bit dry in the bucket, they seem to not have grown, but the they are was still alive and going strong.

The life of Nikeophoros

Day 1 (May 1):
Today we built the bucket. We put in the standard pump, mint plant, water, and beads. We also drilled a lot of holes. We connected the plant to the pre-set systems for light and water, and are hoping to program our own systems for these factors at some point.

Day 2 (May 5):
The plant was looking a little droopy, not dead but not completely healthy. We did the tests on the water. These tests revealed that the plant had a temperature of 20 degrees, a pH level of 6, the nitrates were at 10ppm, and the phosphate was at 1ppm.

Day 3 (May 12):
The plant is looking much better. All of the droopiness is gone despite the lack of changes. The leaves are green and healthy. Nothing new was done but we discovered that our original plan of increasing the plant density will no longer work due to no more plants.

Day 4 (May 17):
The plant is getting bigger and bigger. It is still very green, healthy, and alive. Nothing has been changed since the first day and there is still no trace of insects or bugs.

To see pictures of our plants and progress, go to our Instagram!

By Derron, Bella, Margalit, Yves