Describe a plant, vegetable, or crop that you are familiar with.

Describe a plant, vegetable, or crop that you are familiar with.

You should say:

  • what it is and where it grows
  • How you became familiar with it
  • what do you like or dislike about it
  • and explain why this is important for your country.
    OR
    Describe a plant grown in your country that you think is important
  • What it is
  • Where it is grown
  • Why is it important to your country?
    • India is a diverse country
    • There are many kinds of plants in India

All the plants are useful in some way or the other
• The plant I am going to talk about here is the bamboo plant.
• I recently received it as a gift from one of my friends.
• The small bamboo sticks were tied together using red ribbons and my friend also gifted me a transparent glass container along with it.
• I first saw this plant in my uncle’s garden, I was probably 10 years old at that time.
• It is a very versatile and useful plant.
• There are more than 1500 species of this plant all over the world.
• It can be grown in a multitude of habitat from sea level to 12000 ft.
• It is one of the most adaptable plants with many uses.
• For instance, it can grow in very degraded soils.
• Because of this it can be used to repair soil damaged by overgrazing and poor agricultural techniques.
• In addition, it has a complex root network.
• This is ideal for preventing soil erosion and flooding
• Unlike most tree species, harvesting does not kill the bamboo.
• So, topsoil erosion and other adverse effects of tree felling are kept to a minimum.
• The most important point is that bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than other trees.
• Research has shown that bamboo can absorb as much as 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year.
• So, this plant can play a great role in stabilizing our country’s atmosphere.
• It can prove an eco-friendly alternative to slow-growing hardwoods.
• It is also being used by the construction industry for wooden flooring.
• It is very durable.
• It has resistance to shrink or swell.
Follow-ups

  1. Do people in your country like to grow plants at home?
    Yes, they do. Home gardening is a fast growing hobby among the urban people who have even the slightest space for plants. People are also doing terrace gardening. Even I have a kitchen garden. I don’t have much open space, but I have grown coriander, mint, green chillies, okra and aubergine in pots. I also have a lemon tree and we enjoy fresh lemons throughout the year.
  2. Do old people grow plants?
    Yes, they love to. They have the knowledge also. My grandfather keeps guiding me about the water requirements of plants. He also keeps changing the position of our pots. He knows which plants need shade and which need sunshine.
  3. How do schools teach students to grow plants?
    Unfortunately, schools do not teach these things. At least in the schools, I know of. Some schools may be doing so, by organizing some activities related to the environment.
  4. What is the main plant of your country?
    India is a diverse country and enjoys a tropical climate. All sorts of plants grow here. There is no plant, which I can call the main plant. Basil is worshipped in Hindu homes, ginger and turmeric have medicinal values, and aloe vera has also become very popular.

Growing plants:
How were plants grown in the past?
Do you know some of the more advanced ways to grow plants?
Are there some drawbacks to growing plants using modern technology?
Farming in society:
Is farming a popular career choice in China?
Why don’t young people today like to be in the farming business? How do you think technology will change farming in the future?

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