This is a weekly look at what is happening in the school garden to assist teacher educators engage their students in agriculture. It can be used by garden students of all ages however!
Let’s check out the forecast.
We have some heat to start the week, make sure you are checking your plants every day if possible. You may need to water the baby seedlings in the raised beds daily in the first half of the week. While I see a little bit of low 40 degree weather over the weekend, I do not think we will need to use season extension to protect the baby plants at that temperature.
While we do not need to use the season extension garden cover right now, it is a good idea to find your cover and your PVC supports if you removed them before the summer break. Make sure to locate those materials now for when we see some frost on the ten day forecast.
To get great germination, water every day until your seeds germinate in your raised beds.
Outside in the raised beds:
This week planting recommendations:
- Monday through Thursday – all are potential planting days for outdoor seeding. Make sure to water seeds deeply after planting and then each day until germination.
- Friday – try to water your seeds in the ground or your seedlings in your raised beds before you leave for the weekend.
- No need for season extension right now.
For CCS teachers if you need soil, seeds, or fertilizer let Katie know.
Inside in the Aerogarden:
If you have germination already, you should be thinning to one seedling per pod. Make sure to cover up the unplanted openings to keep light from the nutrient solution.
Inside under LED lights.
Make sure you have all of the pots, seed starting mix, lights, cord and timers needed for indoor planting. We can direct sow cilantro in 2″ pots for either growing and harvesting indoors or for transplanting outdoors. You can do comparisons with your students about how they grow in each system.
- Remove the humidity dome after germination.
- If you do not have a humidity dome, you can use plastic wrap to lightly cover to provide humidity for germination. Uncover the plastic wrap after seed germinate.
- Check below for thinning pictures. The seedlings are kale, but the technique is the same. Bottom water if you are going to gently pull the seedling from the pot as it will slide out of moist soil. If the seedlings are too mature, or too close together, then trim the seedlings off at the soil level with scissors.
Let me know what questions you have! Make sure you engage your kiddos in the process. Looking forward to a wonderful Ag in the Classroom season!
Check out the Apple Crunch flyer below for a fun activity you can do with your kiddos.