Garden with Insight v1.0 Help: Experimenting
The number of experiments you can devise with Garden with Insight is unlimited. Some possible
experiments could include:
Risk analysis on plant growth based on weather variation. This would entail growing plants over several
years with reseeding each year, and graphing and comparing dates of maturity and yield. Using the xy
graph, students could compare variability in growth and assign a risk of crop failure to climate-cultivar
Analysis of the long-term affects of different types of soil amendment. For example, one could apply only
mineral fertilizer to one soil patch, only organic fertilizer to another,
and only liquid fertilizer to a third, and compare nutrient cycling and
plant growth and yield over time between the soil patches.
Comparison of the biomass allocation strategies of some common
garden plants. For example, what different growth patterns are found in plants that produce large roots
versus plants that put their energy into fruit production? How do they
respond differently to environmental cues? Could you create a cultivar that puts its energy into both roots
and fruits? What tradeoffs would have to be made? What would be the result in harvested food?
Analysis of how weather patterns can be simulated. What are autocorrelation matrices? Why are they useful for generating simulated
weather? What features of the real weather are most difficult to simulate? Why? How do weather patterns
differ between areas in the United States? How can these differences best be explained?