Category Archives: Getting Ready For Spring

Seed Starting Workshop

Thanks to Laura and Michelle at Van Vleck Gardens for hosting a wonderful seed starting workshop in the VV greenhouse. We had DIGS reps from Bullock, Bradford, Glenfield, Watchung, and Renaissance in attendance.  We’ll keep you posted of any other upcoming events.

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Each participant went home with a tray of  started seeds for their school.  Here’s what they look like after about a week.

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This book was highly recommended by Laura, and Michelle also has a number of reference books that you can browse in the new education room.

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Spring Planting

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It’s time to do some spring planting! Some cool weather crops that can be sown directly into the ground any time in the next few weeks are: Lettuce, Radishes, Spinach, Peas,  and Kale.
At Bradford the second grades are reading “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby and we will hopefully be outdoors next week doing the seed planting. They are also using the indoor pea set up I showed earlier to keep journals of pea development.
Lettuce will go into our Woolly Pocket planters and the rest will go into our raised beds.
To use these plants in a science lesson students can gather data on growth rates and weather and then graph the data to lean about variation among individuals of a species, as well as develop their investigatory science and graphing skills (from the Woolly School Garden Curriculum).
Want flowers? Sweet Peas are a scented, ornamental variety of peas that also prefer cool weather. Plant them now and enjoy their fragrant blooms in the upcoming months.

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Indoor Gardening Idea (part two)

UPDATE:

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This is what the pea shoots look like after about 2 weeks.  I got about 90% germination, which was a nice success.

They are ready to be harvested.  I will snip off 1/3 to eat and leave about 2/3 of the plant to see if I can get any regrowth.

For a classroom I would definitely plant several containers, or plant the seeds more densely to make sure there is enough for everyone to taste them or use them in a salad.

In this photo you can also see a nice example of phototropism!

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