In the lockdown , I began gardening at my home. Watering most plants on a daily basis and a few on a less frequent basis, adding medicine, changing soil, and keeping track of plant health were all part of the process. I learned a lot about gardening and developed an interest in it that I didn’t have when I started because I had never done it before.
LO1- Identify your own strengths and develop areas for personal growth. I had no prior experience with gardening, but I grasped new things quickly. A skill that I developed was the technique of watering the plant, I learnt that directly pouring water is not the ideal technique.
LO2- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken. Despite my lack of knowledge, I decided to go ahead and do it, there is a very low margin of error as plants can die out very quickly if care is not taken. Additionally, there are approximately 15 plants, making it difficult to keep track of them all.
LO3 – Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. Gardening is a difficult task; you must provide just the right amount of water and care for each plant according to its needs. I had to organise and plan ahead of time for which I could plant based on the weather, as well as ensure that I gave gardening the time it deserved.
LO4 – Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences. This activity required a high level of commitment because I had to devote time every day. I treated the plants as if they were children who needed to be cared for, and I set aside time each day to do so. It wasn’t difficult for me to stay committed to gardening because I was genuinely interested, and the prospect of receiving rewards such as fruits and flowers at the end of it was a powerful motivator.
LO6 – Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance. Plants are very essential because they help to reduce global warming. Even if the change brought about by my activities is small, it is a step in the right direction.
LO7 – Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions. I believe that doing Plantation during Lockdown was the right decision because I was free and could fully care for them, as CO2 levels are continuing to rise.