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Winter in the Garden Lab
The floating row covers were used over the fig tree and three raised beds this year.
Due ot a mild winter, we have been successfully protecting our crops and harvested lettuce, carrots, garlic, turnips and radishes all winter. We still have turnips growing. In the cold frame, we have harvested and eaten the carrots. Students and teachers were able to enjoy the garden lab year round with winter harvests, poetry development, music creations, and leasurily lunches under the pergola.
Winter 2018 and 2019
The floating row covers have been successfully protecting our crops during multiple severe freezes and remain covered despite heavy winds.
Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Reles’ Kindergarten classes are experimenting with hydroponic planting in a planting tower. Hydroponic planting means to plant without the use of soil. Our kindergarteners are using coco peat as a planting medium. Up the center of the tower is a pipe that is connected to a base with water that has liquid plant food. A pump pushes the water up the pipe that is attached to a sprinkler system at the top of the tower. The plants are given these liquid nutrients once a day. A winter crop of lettuce is on the way!
Our hydrophonic towers are from Mr. Stacky at www.mrstacky.com/#*. Thank you to the LCPS Nutrition Department for our hydroponic towers!