Monday, December 11, 2017

Student Blog Post Assignment #5: Seed Stories, Semester 1

Now it's time to sit back for a few moments and ruminate on what you have done and experienced this year through doing The Story of the Seed project. What have you learned? What surprised or amazed you? What made you laugh? What made you pause and think a little deeper? Take five minutes to talk about it with your teammates. Listen carefully to each person's reflections on what the project has been like for him or her. What questions do you have about things you observed or experienced in the garden? OK, now, guess what? You are going to write about the experiences of one of your classmates--someone who was not on your team! Find someone from another group and work closely with that other person to summarize his/her answers to the questions above in a short paragraph that you will post under your name. Your post title should include that other person's name (e.g., "John's Seed Story"). Happy interviewing!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Student Blog Post Assignment #4: An Ecological Analysis of the Garden and your Plants

Now that you have read about and discussed some of the factors that influence the forms and behaviors of ecosystems, apply those ideas to the appearance and behaviors of the garden in which your Brassica oleracea plants are growing by developing an analysis guided by the following questions:
  1. What are some abiotic factors on which your plant depends for its survival? What about biotic factors that affect your plant? Describe some of these factors.
  2. How do you know your plants are engaged in competition? For what are your plants competing, and who is the competition?
  3. How are "winners" and "losers" determined in this struggle? Is it always so clear cut who "wins" and who "loses?" What makes that determination complicated sometimes?
  4. Describe other types of interaction (besides competition) in which your plants are involved. Make sure to explain how this interaction affects each organism involved.
  5. What evidence is there in the garden that succesion (or something like it) is occurring in the garden ecosystem? Does it seem more like primary or secondary succession?
It is advisable to address each set of questions in a separate paragraph. This will improve readability of your analysis.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Student Blog Post Assignment #3: Biogeochemical Cycles and Your Plants

Now that you have some idea of how the many parts of an ecosystem are interwoven and interact to keep life going, consider and respond to the following questions:

  1. What changes do you notice in your plants this week? Describe the overall appearance of your plant.
  2. How do your plants participate in the movement of water in the biosphere? How do your plants' roles in the water cycle relate to the changes you observed in your plants this week?
  3. How do your plants participate in the movement of carbon in the biosphere?  How do your plants' roles in the carbon cycle relate to the changes you observed in your plants this week?
  4. How do your plants participate in the movement of nitrogen in the biosphere?  How do your plants' roles in the nitrogen cycle relate to the changes you observed in your plants this week?


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Student Blog Post Assignment #2: Project Description

TSOTS Instructions for 9/15 - 9/16

  1. Check and (if necessary) correct the main title of your blog. It should say "The Story of the Seed," EXACTLY!
  2. Add a clever subtitle (description). See the examples below:
    • The Cauliflower Chronicles (if your plant type were cauliflower, of course)
    • The Broccoli Bulletin
    • The Kale Krew Report
    • The Story of the Kohlrabi Kings
    • The Brussels Sprouts Brief
    • Collard City Press
    • The Cabbage Patch Crier
  3. Make sure settings are set to show a date stamp for all posts
  4. Create an "About" page.
    • Click on the "Pages" link in your "The Story of the Seed" blog control panel
    • Click "New page"
    • Title this new page "About Our Project"
    • Compose a four to five-sentence paragraph explaining the purpose of this project and describing your Brassica oleracea cultivar (kale, for example)
  5. Click "Publish" when you are done

If you are having trouble coming up with a description of this project, see my "About" page.

This Student Blog Post Assignment should be completed by 9/23.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Student Blog Post Assignment #1: Brief Bio

Before you do anything else with your team’s blog (website) today, make sure you verify that your group’s blog was set up correctly. If there are any issues (e.g., someone in your group has not yet received or accepted an invitation to join the blog) you must resolve those FIRST.

Once you have have verified that your site was set up correctly, check once more to make sure that all of the members of the group have been added to the blog as authors (contributors). If they have not been, the blog owner MUST invite these members by email (see instructions under Blog Setup Instructions: Next, the invitees must open their emails from the blog owner and accept the invitation by clicking on the link provided in the email. After you have confirmed that these members have been added as authors, go on to the step below.

OK, now it’s time for your first official post--yes, that means this one is for points! By Friday each of your team members must post a simple bio about themselves. In your post, please include responses to the following questions:

- What is your name? In what places have you lived (city and state is enough)?
- Have you ever gardened or grown food before? What did you grow and what do you remember about the experience?
- Talk about a person or people in your life who you think know a lot about gardening, farming, horticulture, plants, and/or making food from scratch. Who is this person? What is their relationship to you?


My name is Joe Green. I am originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin. I moved here in 2002 with my mom and older sister. My Grandparents still live in Wisconsin and sometimes we get to go back and visit them in the summer.

I haven't really gardened that much, but sometimes I help my mom with her rose plants. I don't really cook that much, but I like to watch my sister cook and ask her about the ingredients she puts in the food she is making. She's a pretty good cook, but not as good as my grandma. My grandma and grandpa have a huge garden back in Wisconsin and my grandma makes pickles from the cucumbers she grows in the summer. They're tasty, but my favorite thing is pickled watermelon. I know it sounds gross, but it is so good! Whenever we go back I always spend some time helping my grandpa out in the garden. I don't really know what all of the plants are or how he gets them to grow so big, but it's cool to learn about them. Maybe after this project is over I will know a little more about some of these plants like kohlrabi.

I'm Marisol Martinez and I am from Salinas, CA. My grandmother, my dad, and his brother moved to San Jose in 2007. I have family in Salinas, Watsonville, Hollister and Mexico.

I cook many of the meals at home so I know how to cook. I learned most of what I know from my grandmother. She grew up in Tamaulipas, Mexico. My favorite thing to make that I learned from her is mole de olla con lentejas. I don't know exactly how to say it in English, but one of the ingredients is little seeds that kind of look like tiny beans. My grandmother probably knows the most about food and cooking of all of my closest relatives. I like coliflor, but my group is growing brussel sprouts. I like gardening. In my third grade class we had a garden and I planted carrots and we got to eat them at the end of the year. They were really sweet and very orange in the middle.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Blog Setup Instructions


STEP 1 : Go to (every person can go to the Blogger site if they wish, but only one person will actually create the blog)
STEP 2: Log in to Blogger using your Gmail username and password
STEP 3: Find the button on the left that says "New Blog" and click on it
STEP 4: You must give your blog the same title as the project: "The Story of the Seed"
STEP 5: Set the address to "storyoftheseed2017-P-T" where "P" is the period you are in and "T" is the team number you are on. EXAMPLE: If you are in period 3 and on team 2, the address for your team would be "storyoftheseed2017-3-2"
STEP 6: Choose a template for your site (just pick anything for the time being--you can easily change this later)
STEP 7: Click the "Create Blog" button


Description: Should be original, clever, and descriptive (be concise)--this is like the subtitle of your blog and should give readers some idea of what the blog is about
Add your blog to our listings: No
Let search engines find your blog: No
Blog Authors: Click on "Add Authors" and enter the gmail addresses of the other members of your group and of Mr. Bursch (, then click "Invite Authors". Once the other team members have accepted your invitation and joined the blog, convert everyone's permission setting to "Admin" so that everyone can make changes to the blog settings.
Leave all other "BASIC" settings as they are.

Show at most 7 posts on the main page 
Archive Frequency  Monthly
Comment Location  Embedded
Who can comment User with Google Accounts

Leave all other settings in default mode.
Now go to the "Layout" tool to start customizing the look of your blog. Further customizations can be made by using the "Blogger Template Designer."

If you use pictures from the Internet they MUST have a copyright that allows for free use.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It All Started Here (A View from the Nursery)

So it begins. A small paper envelope that sounds like a baby's rattle enfolds tiny vaults of genetic treasure. What could they become? Only time will tell.

As you handle these tiny capsules, contemplate their contents and how they are like you and vice versa.