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We went to visit the florist¡¦s place this morning. Because the weather is good, we experience how to do the DIY job a florist used to do it every day. During the entire process, everyone was very concentrated on the job. We were afraid that we might be too careless and break down the flower or the flower may be twisted or curled. In the very beginning, we tried to understand which fertilizer or which tool to use to make the flowers grow. Next, we asked a professional florist to show us how to put in the carnation sprouts. The florist showed us one more tool to grow healthier sprouts! Everyone at the scene was so amazed by what we saw. And then we experienced how to plug out the ¡§core¡¨ of mums, and how to protect the mum¡¦s ¡§flower¡¨ with a cover. Last but not least, the florist, the old woman, gave each of us a carnation, and bought us some drinks. The old woman was very kind and generous. When we were doing our job, she took care of everyone¡¦s needs. The old woman was afraid that there were too much mosquitos outside. She¡¦s afraid that we might be uncomfortable with it so she had reminded us to wear pants or arm sleeves. She was so thoughtful! The old woman let us to sit at the back of the tow truck so we could experience how it feels like to live in the countryside, and could feel the joyful atmosphere fills the air in a cool day. This is how she impressed me the most! It¡¦s so cool and comfortable to ride on the tow truck. We were like letting our troubles far behind!


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We gathered together at Mrs. Ke¡¦s place, our instructor at Holy Saviour High School¡¦s home, early in the morning on Nov.1st. We started off our work until everyone arrived at the designated place. We went to experience how it feels like to be a farmer by working hard and doing their daily chores. We put the wet sponge cubes into the square plastic plate with 100 blocks, and then we put the chopped-off renewable twigs taken from the carnation twig onto the wet sponge cubes. It was very interesting during the entire process as we worked. We also listened to the florist old woman who told us all about her skills and the agricultural tools she uses to grow flowers. After planting the flowers, we got on the tow truck that carries the agricultural tools. Since only two people (the first driver and the co-driver) are allowed to sit in front, the rest of us could only sit on the VIP seats at the back of the truck as we heard it from elsewhere. Therefore, we moved on to our next stop riding on the tow truck, and reached our next destination in the farmland. Once arrived at the farmland, we got off the tow truck, and went into the farmland to experience how it feels like to be a farmer one day. The so-called topping or decapitation is to remove the vegetative point of the mums so the mums can grow and develop more branch buds. The woman told us to remove the upper part when doing the decapitation. Don¡¦t be afraid to pick more buds. We should worry if we can¡¦t pick as much buds as we could. As I heard what she said, I started to do my job to remove the buds and complete the decapitation task as fast as I could. The last thing we need to do is to cover the mums with plastic covers. We used the white plastic cover to cover the mum¡¦s single bud on each flower stem. We should take good care of it since that is the final step to do before the harvest. Finally, the woman said that the mums are too small to harvest right now so she can¡¦t let us experience how to cut the mums. Fortunately, we happened to work next to a carnation field so we went to cut the carnation instead. As I saw the woman carefully finding a proper place for us to cut the flower, we knew that she¡¦s afraid that we might mess it up. She¡¦s quite worried about how we cut the flower because she thought we might hurt the main sprout. She told us that each flower stem can only be produced through hard-work, and we should cherish each stem with care.


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I was awoken by my parents early in the morning on Nov. 1st because it was my first day to work in the farmland! For me, I never had a chance to go into the farmland to work before so I was so nervous and curious about the whole thing we were going to do. Everyone gathered together in front of our teacher¡¦s place at 7am. As we put away our personal belongings, we walked to the florist¡¦s place. Yet, the woman at the florist¡¦s place told us that the flower sprouts were all set because the workers had just planted them in the farmland. Everyone was happy and thought that we won¡¦t have to go into the farmland to work. Yet, there were plenty of jobs waited to be done by us. Although we didn¡¦t have a chance to grow the flowers, the woman at the florist¡¦s place still spared some time to show us how to grow the flowers so we knew the process. First of all, she applied some white powder to the wet roots. Next, she placed the sprouts into the plate. That was so quick! The woman took out some flower nursery and asked us to try it and do it ourselves. Wait a minute. Hasn¡¦t she just asked someone else to do it? Okay, we are supposed to be here to learn how to do it today. I thought that was easy when I saw the woman doing it. Yet, it turned out to be not as easy as pie when I tried to do it myself. This is a highly-specialized world, and everything needs to be done by a specialist. Since there weren¡¦t enough seats for us to ride on, we would have to ride on the back seat of a tow truck. The woman drove a tow truck to drive us to the farmland. That was so interesting and special! As we were on our way to the farmland, many pedestrians were staring at us. We put on the Asian farmer¡¦s hat and arm sleeves when we arrived at the farmland. We were ready for work! The woman told us to remove the topping or decapitation first. She said she didn¡¦t want the flowers to bloom at the same time, which may affect the quality. The woman explained to us while she was removing the topping from the stem. She moved on to the next stem very fast after finishing the last topping. Soon, the work was done, and she had all the topping she wanted in hand. I thought that was an easy job; yet, when it was my turn to do it, I knew how hard it is to do it. Sometimes, I just plucked off all the topping. Sometimes, I couldn¡¦t remove the topping as if I were playing the tug of war with the topping. I remembered once I removed the entire stem, and every adult laughed at me when they saw how funny I was. It was such a shame! Next, we moved on to the next stop. This time, we went to remove the flowers unwanted. The workers in the farmland were someone else¡¦s grandma. Yet, they were still healthy and energetic at their age. They told us how to do it, and we went into the farmland and do it ourselves. I thought they were doing quite smoothly as I watched them doing aside. What happened to then? When it¡¦s our turn to do it, we were too careless to remove all the main flowers and leaves. I think the master must be stunned as he saw what we have done. Although I didn¡¦t help out during this activity, I learned how to grow a flower and take care of it. I learned that it¡¦s better to think before you act when you start to do it. After all, ¡§Haste makes waste¡¨. Each work must be done by a detailed-oriented specialist. I should be careful not to destroy the life of a flower, which is supposed to grow up soon.
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Today we came to the Yamatonoen Farm, and asked Mr. Lo about how to grow the flowering plant step by step. First of all, Mr. Lo showed us to a pile of soil, and introduced where the soil comes from. We figured out that the soil mainly comes from the Jhuoshuei River because the soil taken from that river is much fertile and easy to grow plants. When we tried to fill in the soil, we need to add more rice husks to finalize the work. Next, we came to the nursery field. This is where the seeds are allowed to grow into the sprouts, and then the workers will remove them and plant them outside. They use peat soil to grow the plant; that is, they use the burned soil. Next, they will water the plant every day in due course, and wait for it to grow up. Mr. Lo said if he wants to produce high-quality flowers, he must take care of the sprout. For example, he would remove the weeds once in a while, set up the black mesh netting for smaller sprouts, or avoid sunburn for a long period of time. This is how to ensure the consumers to acquire quality products.

We went to visit an old man¡¦s place where he presents his horticultural art. He got plenty of flowers and trees at his place. We want to buy one potted plant and bring it back home. Yet, the plant is way too expensive, and as a student, we can¡¦t afford it. The man showed us how to sculpt a tree as he tried to mend a potted Japanese Juniper in front of us. Because the tree is very expensive, we were only allowed to watch him doing it instead of doing it ourselves. The man tried to wire up the branch with thin and thick wires, and then he sculpted the tree based on its natural curve to create the most beautiful posture for the tree. In this way, he can change the direction of the branch so that the tree can look gorgeous.
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On Nov. 1st, we gathered together in front of Mrs. Ke¡¦s place before moving on to the neighborhood chief¡¦s place to experience how to do it from rooted cutting, decapitation or topping, removing the unwanted flower buds from the flowering plant, or cut the flowers. Once we arrived at the neighborhood chief¡¦s place, we saw plenty of fertilizers used to grow flowers, some small machines to toss the earth, and a warehouse used to store flowers. The neighborhood chief first took out some tools to help them mend the rooted cutting. The reason to do the rooted cutting is quite simple. It helps the chopped leaves to grow new roots. First of all, apply some white chemical rooting powder to the end of all leaves to help them grow roots faster. Next, the slowly insert the rooted cutting into the sponge cube, and we¡¦re all set. Our next stop is to the neighbor chief¡¦s flower bed to experience how to remove the topping or decapitation, and remove the unwanted flower buds. When we arrived at the mum¡¦s flower bed, we saw that there¡¦s a net put in the center of the mum¡¦s flower bed to divide the place into two parts. After we asked him why he did it, we figured out that the chief used a net to create a compartment so the mums placed inside the compartment can enjoy lighting during the night without troubling other mums outside the compartment, which are ready for harvest. To do the topping or decapitation, it can help the mums to grow better because the central bud will affect other buds to grow properly. That is to say, all they have to do is to remove the central bud with leaves. They remove the flower buds with similar approaches. I would not try to brief it out here. The last step to grow the flowers is to cut the flowers. First of all, they must wait until it is the time to sort out the mature flowers. They will grab the bottom and cut the flower with an agricultural scissor. Next, the chopped flowers were ready for sales in the flower market! We also went to see how they shape the Dragon Juniper. These are the invaluable experiences we have today. We hope we may be able to use it sometimes.
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Today is Sunday, Nov. 1st, and its¡¦ the first time our team do the interview. The teacher showed us the way to the woman¡¦s place, and she¡¦s a florist. The woman was so passionate that she introduced us all kinds of flowers and which tools they use to grow the flowers. They will use the hoe and fertilizer to help them grow flowers. She also told us how to do the rooted cutting, and allowed us to do it ourselves. This is our first time to cut the carnation, and we were all thumbs. We were afraid that we could make a mistake; yet, we learned some invaluable experience from doing it, and figured out that it actually takes efforts to cultivate the skill to do it. We need to do it in chronological order and put the sprout into the sponge cube from the left to the right. This is how we can avoid hurt on the flower seedlings next to one another. The white powder should be applied to the bottom of the flower seedlings so the roots can grow better. The flower seedlings of carnation should be slightly placed in the wet sponge cube. The seedling should be placed in the center of a sponge cube. I figured out that even a small motion can affect its growth when putting the flower seedling of carnation into the sponge cube. Next, we got on a blue small truck and moved on to the farmland. That was fun and so new to me. I was ready to be a 1-day farmer once we arrived in the farmland. There was a large mum¡¦s flower bed in front of us. First of all, the woman told us how to remove the topping or decapitation. We need to keep the developed bud so it can grow taller and stronger. The old women who work there told us how to remove the buds. We need to keep the largest flower bud only. By absorbing all nutrients, the flower bud can grow bigger and prettier. We didn¡¦t expect that there will be some mosquitos in the farmland so we would have to move to another place to work under the sunshine. Next, we put a plastic cover on the mum¡¦s flower bud, which is about to be harvested. That was the most interesting job we have done so far. It can protect the flower buds from injury during the shipment. We figured out that it takes a lot of hard work to present a bouquet of beautiful mums on the table. The florists need to spend 3-4 months to go through all the process before the harvest time. I learned a lot from today¡¦s lesson.
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The whole team members gathered in front of the teacher¡¦s place at 7am on Sunday, Nov. 1st before we moved on to the florist¡¦s farmland. Then we started to do our interview and DIY project for the day.

Once we went into the workplace where the florists kept their special agricultural tools, we were very curious about the freezer they use to store the flower crops. That was the most amazing part I think because the freezer works for the florists to reserve seeds and keep the flowers fresh. Next, we apply some white powder to the sprouts, and put them on the crispy sponge cubes one by one. I will always remember the time when we sat at the back of the small truck and moved on to the farmland because that was my first time to do it. And I will always remember it. After getting off the small truck, we started to work in the farmland. Watching those workers removing a row of flower buds, I decided to go into the farmland and do it myself. However, it turned out to be not as easy as pie when I actually started to remove the flower buds from the top stem. I need to watch out for other leaves in case that I might accidentally remove the leaves. I need to consider all these questions and ask myself did I remove the buds in a proper manner. This is how I came to know how hard it is to be a florist. We found plenty of flowers that bear buds in another farmland. We asked the workers over there and found out that these were the extra buds that need to be removed. All we need to do is to reserve the largest bud in the center. No matter how I tried, I would accidentally remove the bud in the central stem. I guess if the florist knew what I¡¦ve done, she would piss off. Next, we got on the small truck and moved on to our next stop to another farmland. Once we arrived in the place, we saw plenty of flowers were covered with a white cover. Our next task is to cover the flower bud with a cover. I took a look at the flower and figured out that we were doing the most popular colored mums. It made me feel so good when I saw the colorful mums. Finally, we went to visit an old man¡¦s place to see his horticultural art. He got plenty of flowers and tress at his place. We wanted to buy a potted plant and brought it back home. The old man introduced a Japanese Juniper potted plant. He wired up the branch with thin and thick wires. In this way, he could change the direction of the branch. It can make the tree looks gorgeous. Although I got tired after going home, I did learn a lot of know-how knowledge about the flower crops from the day tour.
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Today is Nov. 1st. We arrived at Mrs. Ke¡¦s place at 7am, and then we moved on to our first destination to do the interview after 7 o¡¦clock. Next, we started to do it ourselves to grow the flowers. Our first stop is to prepare the nursery while sitting on a small bench. The florist woman first showed us how to do it, and then we followed her step to do it. We applied some rooting powder to the bottom of the carnation sprouts. Next, we put the sprout into the sponge cube so that they can grow roots. We carefully finished 3 plates of sprouts. Everyone had a backache after doing it. I guess it must be difficult to work as a farmer. Then the woman showed us to a greenhouse, and placed the 3 plates we¡¦ve done on the table. I don¡¦t know if we can succeed and work it out. I also found that there were some butterfly pupas left on the sprouts. And there were a few tiny holes with butterfly eggs in the potted plant. I can tell that these were all the flowers without fertilizers. Our next stop is to the mums flower. We got on the small truck and arrived at our second destination. The woman asked us to try to do the ¡§topping or decapitation¡¨; that is, we need to remove the flower bud that grows in the middle of a mum¡¦s sprout so the sprout can grow more buds. We kept kneeling down to remove the buds. After a while, we finished doing our work; yet, we could hardly stand still because of the backache. And our nails are covered with dirt. I do think that it can be so hard to work as a farmer. Next, we moved on to another mum¡¦s flower bed where most mums were in blossom. This time, our task is to remove the flower buds on its branches. We should keep a single bud that grows in the middle of the stem. This was supposed to be an easy task. Yet, I accidentally removed the central flower buds. I was terribly sorry for what I¡¦ve done. I didn¡¦t do it on purpose. The florist woman gave us a final instruction¡Xto cover the mums with a cover. All we have to do is to cover the blooming mums with a cover. These mums with covers are supposed to be used for making the colored mums. I do hope that I can try to make my own colored flowers. This could be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the woman said this is not a good timing to make the colored flowers. Therefore, she couldn¡¦t help me to make my wish come true.

This is my first time to be a 1-day farmer today, and I was allowed to try out many new things. I was given many chances to learn from this invaluable experience. I want to give my special thanks to the teacher and the florist woman, who gave me the chance to learn from them.
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