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Do ten of the following, including the italicized requirements:
- Know what is meant by truck garden; find one in your community to work in for at least fifty hours; or, observe one over a period of three of the growing months. Do the rest of the activities in relation to six vegetables grown there.
- Learn how to plant seeds and transplant seedlings.
- Be able to recognize and describe some of the machines used on truck farms for preparing the ground, planting, spraying, and harvesting.
- Know the insect pests and plant diseases that trouble your six vegetables and know the controls for them.
- Know the approximate retail market “in season” and “out of season” cost of your six vegetables.
- Know the type of soil, amount of water, and cultivation methods, including mulch and fertilizers, for your six vegetables.
- Know the harvesting method for your vegetables and the way they are prepared for market.
- Know the work of the honeybee in a truck garden.
- Know the uses and differences between a cold frame and a hot bed.
- Know the value of earthworms, beneficial insects, toads, and some of the snakes in a truck garden.
- Be able to describe one method of irrigation or watering.
- Know the best method of home preservation for your vegetables.
- Know how to prepare your vegetables for the table.
- Know the country from which your vegetables originated.
- Know what migratory labor is, how much it is paid, how the pay is established, and how it is housed in your community.
- Use some of the information you have learned, or produce you have raised, for a troop, school, church or synagogue, or other community service.
- Visit and, if possible, take part in your state or county fair.