Hi, I am starting an garden and art club for the most challenging students in my school. I have obtained a greenhouse (which would b indoors in front of a large bank of windows) and would like to do activities during the winter to prepare my kids for spring planting. I really have little knowledge about growing things and could use guidance about were to start and what they can do during the winter months. Can you all help with some suggestions. Thanks.
Thank you for contacting eXtension. Which county is your school in?
Hi, thanks for getting back to me. I am at Liberty Elementary in Baltimore city.
I work specifically in Baltimore City's office of UMD Extension. My colleague Koralleen referred your question to me.
Do you also have an outdoor garden where you can grow in the spring? Or will your garden be entirely indoors?
If you will be starting plants in your indoor greenhouse to plant outdoors this spring, I would recommend this article on starting seeds indoors: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/starting-seeds-indoors
If you will be growing entirely indoors, we don't have specific recommendations for that for a school garden, but I think our Salad Box design might be do-able indoors under artificial light: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/build-salad-box%E2%84%A2
Regardless, you might also find our AgSploration curriculum has some fun lesson plans to mix in to your garden club teaching: https://extension.umd.edu/agsploration/teachers
I would also recommend you reach out to a couple of my colleagues here in Baltimore City:
- Maribet Brute leads our Expanded Food and Nutrition program in Baltimore City. They have a cooking and nutrition class series for youth that might be a good supplement to your gardening activities. Her e-mail is email@example.com and her phone number is 410-856-1850 x122
- Adam Frederick has worked with Baltimore City schools to set up demonstration aquaponics systems. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Erin Mellenthin coordinates the Baltimore City Master Gardeners. If you send her an e-mail with some details, she can ask her Master Gardener volunteers if anyone is available or interested to come teach a class for your club. Erin's e-mail is email@example.com
Thanks so much for your help!