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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will be planting 60 mulberry seeds.


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Here are some articles how awesome mulberry trees are:
 - The Underappreciated Mulberry Tree
 - The Essential Guide to Mulberries
 - Mulberry- a Plant with Exceptional Potential
 - Growing a Mulberry Tree

Here are some videos on how wonderful mulberry trees are:







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must plant at least 60 mulberry seeds
 - each mulberry seed must be at least 3 feet apart

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a video showing the 60 seeds and then planting all 60
 - the video must be sped up so that it is no longer than 2 minutes
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Edge case submission
I planted 60 mulberry seeds along a trail at Wheaton Labs. The video is sped up 4x, and was recorded with a camera attached to my chest.

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the seeds
the seeds
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Mike Barkley flagged this submission as an edge case BB.
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Note: The video only shows about half the required amount of seeds being planted.

Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

Do you have more video? Perhaps 2 minutes of video is not enough time for this BB? We might need to edit the requirements to about 4 minutes.

 
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I wanted to ask this before I tried to apply. When I did my seed bomb balls, I had and used 3x packets of black mulberry seeds, each containing 50 seeds. I have pictures of these seed packets before they went into my seed bomb balls to prove I got the required amount of seeds. Without having to go buy more mulberry seeds, is it possible to get credit for this? I understand I would need to prove they were planted, I dont mind taking pictures of various seed bombs scattered around.

Would love to hear thoughts on this! Thank you for the consideration.
 
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James Rhodes wrote:I wanted to ask this before I tried to apply. When I did my seed bomb balls, I had and used 3x packets of black mulberry seeds, each containing 50 seeds. I have pictures of these seed packets before they went into my seed bomb balls to prove I got the required amount of seeds. Without having to go buy more mulberry seeds, is it possible to get credit for this? I understand I would need to prove they were planted, I dont mind taking pictures of various seed bombs scattered around.

Would love to hear thoughts on this! Thank you for the consideration.


James,
Thank you for your question.  This is one of those very specific BBs.  There is no option to do a photograph series.  It must be a video sped up to actually see the planting of 60 seeds in under two minutes, one per second approximately after having shown the seeds.
The linear distance is at least 180 feet, whether it is in one line,  in a square, or any other shape, no seed can be closer than 3 feet from any other seed.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- you must plant at least 60 mulberry seeds
- each mulberry seed must be at least 3 feet apart

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
- post a video showing the 60 seeds and then planting all 60
- the video must be sped up so that it is no longer than 2 minutes


The clues are in the words underlined.  It is a tough one but with a bit of planning (which IMHO is definitely required) it is doable.
The huge take homes are planting, not planted;  And it must be at least 60.
Hope this answers your question.
Best wishes
Paul (The one from down under)

 
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Forgive me if this is a silly question, why so many seeds? Do mulberries have a poor germination rate? I'm wondering because I'd love more mulberries but I don't want 60 mulberry trees.
 
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Question.
Can I plant the germinated seed for this bb?
Or does it have to be seed in ground?
Sorry if this is silly question (ive never planted a tree seed) but it seems to be better to germinate them first before planting so I want to make sure that's OK for this bb. Thanks 😊
 
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Jenny Wright wrote:Forgive me if this is a silly question, why so many seeds? Do mulberries have a poor germination rate? I'm wondering because I'd love more mulberries but I don't want 60 mulberry trees.



The germination rate is about 75%.  For this BB, Mulberry trees are used as protection, forage for animals and for the mulberries.  Depending on location, there is also an opportunity to produce silk worms, silk and feed the dead silk worms to the chickens.
The seeds take about a month to germinate.  Note that the BB says plant 60 seeds and show the video of the seeds being planted.  No question is silly if you do not know the answer.  I have got BBs wrong by not asking and only assuming.
Best wishes for your PEP journey
 
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Willy Wapato wrote:Question.
Can I plant the germinated seed for this bb?
Or does it have to be seed in ground?
Sorry if this is silly question (ive never planted a tree seed) but it seems to be better to germinate them first before planting so I want to make sure that's OK for this bb. Thanks 😊



No question is silly.  Thank you for asking.  The seeds must be planted into the ground where they will grow.  Just remember the 3 feet requirement.
 
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Paul Fookes wrote:

Willy Wapato wrote:Question.
Can I plant the germinated seed for this bb?
Or does it have to be seed in ground?
Sorry if this is silly question (ive never planted a tree seed) but it seems to be better to germinate them first before planting so I want to make sure that's OK for this bb. Thanks 😊



No question is silly.  Thank you for asking.  The seeds must be planted into the ground where they will grow.  Just remember the 3 feet requirement.


If I understand his question he's wanting to know if he can sprout the seeds and then plant the sprouted seeds or if the seeds must be unsprouted when placed in dirt.
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Sprouts at tail stage are great for planting out
Sprouts at tail stage are great for planting out
 
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Is there a preferred source for mulberry seeds (NH)?
 
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