contributed by David Grech, year 5.1
In my spare time I enjoy working in the garden, mostly sowing more trees. I do this in order to increase the number of trees in Malta since they protect us against air pollution and climate change.
I do this by putting a closed pinecone in a warm oven to heat it. The warmth makes the pinecone open. Then I shake the pinecone and take the seeds from it. Once I have the seeds, I put them in a seedling tray filled with compost. I use my fingers to form a hole in each pot and put a seed in each hole. I cover the hole once again and then I wet the compost with water.
After a few weeks, the seedlings start to sprout and once they are five centimetres tall, they are ready to be transplanted. I use empty milk cartons cut in half and with holes cut in the bottom. This also helps the environment since I am recycling throughout the process. Finally, I fill each carton with compost and then plant a seedling in it.
When the seedlings are big enough, I will plant them in a public space. This process usually takes three years. I really hope that these seedlings develop into mature trees that will give us a better environment.