Mystery #1: Life Science
Cool as a Cucumber
When Alex and Iona planted a vegetable garden the previous year, their dog, Trevor, discovered how much he liked to jump over the barrier and destroy the plants. Cucumbers were Trevor’s favorite. He would get at the cucumbers just as they were starting to ripen. Pulling the young cucumbers off their vines, he would stretch out in the sunshine of the yard and eat them.
Now it was time to plant this year’s garden, so Alex and
Iona went with their father to the hardware store to pick up seeds and fertilizer.
“I have an idea,” Alex said, disappearing down a
hardware aisle. He came back with some wooden stakes
and a roll of the fine wire mesh used for window screens.
“What do you plan to do with those things?” their father asked.
“I’m going to build a cage to protect the cucumber
plants,” Alex said. “I’ll make it strong and have the plants totally
covered, all the way around from the ground and across the top.
Then there will be no way Trevor can get at the cucumbers.”
“I’m afraid if you do that, we still won’t have cucumbers on our
salads this year,” Iona said.
“The plants will still get water and sunshine. That’s all they need
to grow, isn’t it?” Alex wondered.
“That’s all the plants need, sure. But to grow cucumbers,
they also need something else.”
“What could that be?”
Can you figure out the answer?
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