Week 6 – Thinning

[wpdevart_youtube]b4_csR3Xyio[/wpdevart_youtube] Now that our seeds have begun to germinate (yeah!) it is time to discuss thinning. Thinning is the term we use to mean the removal of some plants to make room for others to grow. If plants are overcrowded they will compete for light and moisture and appear spindly and weak. To demonstrate, place […]

School Garden News – Kansas

Growing Healthier Kids – Study Pits Gardening Against Childhood Obesity Many of us love talking about the growth of flowers, trees and shrubs, but they’re not the only things blossoming before our eyes. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Nearly one-third of U.S. children are overweight, according to the Annual National Health and Nutrition […]

Week 5 – Germination

Now that we’ve begun planting our seeds it is time to discuss germination. Germination is the process by which a seed breaks its dormancy, sprouts, and turns into a seedling. The best way to understand it is to observe it up close. In the classroom place some larger seeds like beans, pumpkins, peas or watermelon […]

School Garden News – United Kingdom

School Food is Winning Young Fans “One of the major reasons the meal-uptake of healthy school food has been so dramatic is the effect that the school garden has had on the pupils. All students, from reception to year 6 are involved in the process of planting, watering and digging up vegetables, both during lesson-time […]

Week 4 – Seed Packets, What to Plant

We have amended our beds, laid out rows and are now ready to sow seeds. All pertinent information about planting seeds can be found on the back of the seed packet. This includes: lighting requirements, row spacing, plant spacing, planting depth, plant height, days to germination, and days to harvest. Note: On the seed packet […]