How can I keep my students interested in gardening during the winter?

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This is a question that many teachers have. School is in session during all the coldest months of the year and it is sometimes hard to keep your students interested in the school garden during winter months. But remember, there are many plants that can be grown in cooler months. Also, many plants need to be started indoors weeks before the last freeze of the season. If this doesn’t keep you busy enough, I’ve included some other ideas for gardening indoors below.

Start a Herb Garden

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Photo from Flickr

Herbs are very easy to grow indoors any time of the year and they add flavor to any dish. I recommend starting your herb garden by planting thyme, chives, basil, mint, and sage. There are lots of ways to get creative with these gardens and build them from recycled materials, like this. When it comes to planting your seeds, check out this helpful graphic from FIX.

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Photo from FIX

 

Build a Vertical Garden

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons

I have to say that I have never tried this myself, but there are lots of people who grow beautiful lettuce indoors during the winter! I recently found these plans for making a vertical garden out of old soda bottles and I am really excited to try it!

Prepare for Your Spring Garden

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Gardening takes a lot of planning and hard work. There is always something that you can be doing to prepare to plant in the spring. You want to make your gardening a welcoming place, so consider spending some time making painted rock garden markers or an outdoor weather station. Ask your students to do some research, I am sure they will come in with more ideas!

Winter will be over before you know it!

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