Indoor Gardening At Schools

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Indoor Gardening At Schools

There is always more to learn for a child. Gardening is definitely a fun activity that is perfect to let a child explore. Schools that teach gardening to their students are teaching them not only to plot a plant, but they are also teaching them about green living, sustainability, and responsibility. Another great thing about teaching gardening is that if your school doesn’t have the grounds to build an outdoor garden, you can build a beautiful indoor garden with hydroponics!

INDOOR GARDENING OPTIONS The easiest form of indoor gardening for students to learn and participate with is to place plants in windows that receive a good amount of light. With enough light you can even grow delicious vegetables like beets, carrots, lettuce, onions and radishes, as well has herbs. If windows are an issue in your school you next best bet are grow lights! Grow lights are fixtures with fluorescent lamps that are designed to hang low over growing areas. They are definitely a more effective way to produce indoor crops easily. With grow lights, you can control the amount of light your plants receive and can expand your crop options to fruit crops like tomatoes and strawberries.

PREPARING INDOOR GARDENING GROWING SPACES Prepping your growing area is very important to indoor gardening. If you are using the light coming from a window, you definitely want to prep the windowsill. Your main goal and the main goal for students is to protect the windowsill or table from water damage. You can do this by placing your pots in individual saucers or in a large plastic tray to catch excess water. Have students figure out how many plants you can keep healthy in the space you have available. To install grow lights, you can just follow the directions included in the package of the purchased lights; make sure anyone handling the lights follows all safety precautions. If you plan to build your own light stand, look for an approved design on the Internet or in books. Make sure to have your school’s electricians (if you have one) review your construction.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Obviously growing indoors is going to be more difficult than growing outdoors because of the lack of sunlight. Because of this fact, we recommend researching and growing plants that have lower light requirements or provide additional lighting with grow lights.
  • Make sure to water potted plants as needed. Let your students learn the moisture needs of the individual plants you are growing. Apply water directly to soil and allow excess water to drain. Make sure to discard excess water from plant saucers so that the soil doesn’t stay too wet.
  • Check regularly for pests such as aphids and fungus. Remove any plants with problems quickly to avoid having the problem spread to others.
  • Choosing a location for your indoor plants can be tricky; but just consider accessibility when preparing an area for growing. Students are going to need room to water and monitor plants, and custodians will also need room to clean around your indoor garden. Make sure there is plenty of room so plants are not knocked onto the floor by accident.
  • And finally as with any school gardening project -- remember to HAVE FUN!

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