Entering Winter - 2014-2015

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Aha! Mini-Greenhouses have gone to school!








Duct tape!


The class was attentive. The three "Words of the Day: Perennial, Stratification, and Cultivar." They each created a mini-greenhouse complete with potting soil, seeds and duct tape. A fun time was had by all!

Now all that must be done is to let the snowfall and cold Winter temps work their "magic." Perhaps we'll find seedlings by mid-April. The plan is to take them home on Mother's Day.

Good going, class!

12 comments:

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I bet the kids love making those! What a great project and a good way for kids to learn something they might not otherwise hear about. My 7th grade daughter had master gardeners come to her science class a couple of weeks ago to show them how to take cuttings. They are now waiting for them to root.

Randy Emmitt said...

Shady,

Kids had fun for sure! Meg's class has a garden right outside the classroom. Daffodils they plants last fall are coming up!

Darla said...

Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool....! I want to go to this school too!!

Patrick said...

While we're all fighting school district budget cuts, its great to see creativity taking on bureaucrasy.
Job well done. Hope it goes viral.

troutbirder said...

Way to go Shady!!! Nothing like a little scientific hands on to fights the winter doldrums. :)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Shady;
Love this! Very cool. It's so great to inspire a new batch of young gardeners. I hope a few of them catch the 'bug.' :)

Rosemary said...

What terrific lessons the kids are learning...... so looking forward to spring to see if my greenhouses worked.

Kathleen said...

It's so terrific you taught this technique to school kids Shady Gardener. They are now ahead of me! I have never tried it but I should since I have a few seeds I haven't had any luck germinating the normal way.
Congrats on winning the angel from Val too. She has such talent and an incredible blog.
Also, you have the best luck with houseplants! The crown of thorns is very pretty. I hope your Amaryllis decide to bloom ~ it would be sad for them to end up as compost. Here's hoping....

Patsi said...

Think I need this class..:)
Children sure seem attentive.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi all, I was sure I'd left a message earlier... but for some reason it's not here! This was a lot of fun... and the class was just great!

btw: I think you could search my site for mini greenhouses and find other posts.

In fact, I first learned from Kylee at Our Little Acre. You might try searching her site for great instructions!

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

This is a perfect activity to get kids thinking about what gardening is all about. In fact, I didn't realize this could be done until well after I began garden-blogging and reading posts like yours:-) I bet everyone had fun...and they kids are excited and looking forward to seeing what develops!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Jan, You're right... anytime you can enrich the regular curriculum with something "hands-on" and meaningful." Believe it or not, I'm a month behind in getting my own jugs outdoors. However, I know it'll still work fine! :-)