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This lesson is designed to exemplify an approach to practical work that makes strong links with careers using related scientific skills and techniques.

Plant nurseries are places where plants are propagated and grown to a usable size. The plants they grow may be sold on to the public, businesses or commercial gardeners. This lesson is based around a practical investigation into how well different growing media hold water. Understanding how well different growing media hold water helps nursery managers to decide which growing medium to use, and how often to water.

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Resources for this lesson comprise: student sheet; teacher guidance; practical guidance; a presentation; and a short video. You should also read our standard health & safety guidance.