Saturday, January 24, 2015

Let's Explore the concept of ECOSYSTEM

Curtis Bay Elementary School Builds a Eco-System
 
 
 
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Building an ecosystem terrarium entails placing a variety of living and nonliving things into a partially closed environment and letting them interact naturally.  The communities within the terrarium are classified as the ecosystem.  Most kept terrariums begin with a source of water and build a habitat of plants, fish or small animals around water.  The children at Curtis Bay Elementary School had hands on experience in building their very own ECOSYSTEM.  We experience the opportunity for our plants and animals working together to explore a closed ecosystem.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Do you recogize these poplar herbs?

 
POPULAR HERBS
 
 
Although there are many culinary herbs, six of them are especially popular. There are others, too, and they all play a role in adding flavor to food and drinks, as well as being used as garnishes
 
 
  • Chives: bulbous, with tubular, onion -flavored leaves
  • Mint: several kinds, but best -known one is spearmint
  • Parsley: popular for garnishing dishes, as well as adding to sauces
  • Sage: grey-green, wrinkled leaves, used fresh or dried and added to food such as rich meat and poultry; also used in stuffings
  • Tarragon: leaves used to flavor meat and fish, as well as adding to omelettes
  • Thyme: well known for its leaves which are used to flavor food    
 
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Which herb cycle is best for you?

Growing cycles of herbs
 
  • Annuals: single-season plants - sowing, flowering and dying within the same year
  • Biennials: these have a two-year growing and flowering cycle
  • Bulbs: these are swollen bases, formed of fleshy, modified leaves tightly packed around each other
  • Herbaceous perennials: these long-term plants die down to soil level in autumn and send up fresh shoots in the spring
  • Shrub-like: these have a woody structure and the ability to live for many years.  Some are hardy, while others are slightly tender and in temperate climates may loss some or all of their leaves.  Some shrubs are deciduous and others evergreen.
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