Nathan Xavier
Beginner’s Herbology: This stinks
Tue Apr 9, 2019 11:42

Nathan Xavier hurried into Greenhouse One several minutes late. It was very rare for the Herbology professor to not meet and greet every student by the door as they arrived, so he was a little worried that they might have already wandered off, thinking class had gotten cancelled. Fortunately, as he entered, he saw most of them seemed to still be present.

“Sorry,” he apologized, a little breathlessly. It had been a long fast-walk/run from the apperation barrier to the greenhouse. Dora had a her first high fever today, and he’d been worried enough about it that he popped off check on her over lunch, even though his mom had assured him she knew perfectly well how to care for sick babies. The seven month old had indeed seemed to be somewhat improved since that morning, but he was still glad he’d gone, so he didn’t have to be as distracted during his afternoon classes as he had been for his advanced students that morning.

“My apologies for being late. Your essays from last week.” He waved his wand and the pile of graded homework on his desk dispersed out to their owners. He preferred handing them out as each student arrived with a personal comment, but he’d missed the opportunity for that today, and this was quicker. “Overall, I was very pleased about your thoughts regarding the relative merits of different fertilizers, but please check for any comments I may have added and come to my office hours tomorrow if you have any questions.”

“Today, we’ll be running an experiment to see actual results of how fertilizer helps the plants, so we will all be planting some mixed flower seeds, including both magical and non-magical varieties. Aladrens will be fertilizing theirs with mooncalf dung. Pecaris will add dragon dung compost,” as he spoke, a piece of chalk wrote what kind of fertilizer students from each house were expected to use. “Crotali will use a plant waste compost made mostly from the hedge trimmings and weeds pulled from the Gardens here at Sonora. Teppenpaws will use the muggle fertilizer in that box there,” he pointed out a large yellow and green container labeled ‘MiracleGro All Purpose Plant Food’.

“You will each plant a pot of seeds, fertilize it, and label it with your name and House. You may chat together with whomever you like as you work, but make sure you use the right fertilizer for your House. Once you’re done, write a short a hypothesis - that’s an educated guess - about which House or Houses will see the best results in their flower pots. It only needs to be a sentence or two long, and it won’t be graded, but I will collect it and hand them back once the flowers begin blooming so you can check how accurate you were.”

The enchanted chalk also added these directions beneath the House assignments, using simple words and phrases so even those students who struggled with English should hopefully be able to puzzle through what was expected of them.

“You may begin.”

OOC: Welcome to Herbology! I hope you brought gloves and nose plugs today. If not, your student does know by now where to find extras in the class supplies cupboard. House points are awarded to class posts based of length, creativity, realism, relevance, and writing quality rather than your student’s displayed skills, knowledge, or behavior.

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