Growing Learning in the Greenhouse
by Rick Bain
NEST Fellow and 4th grade teacher at Fairfield ES
When is the right time to plant in a greenhouse? That is the question that I had while lying awake one of those long nights that teachers have. I had so many questions. Plant too early and we have frozen greens. Last year we planted too late and ….BURNT VEGGIES. What is the perfect time?
The students and I are planning to do a large tomato garden this year along with our normal growing of tulips. Both are a great tool that I use while teaching plants near the end of the year. Tulips have such wonderful open reproductive organs that they work wonders for studying the pistol and stamens of the plant. The tomatoes are good to observe bees shake pollinating. These hands on activities help me keep my students interested and help them develop a real life conception of what we are learning. Lost for an answer I did what most people of this generation do, I Googled it. So, for all of those teachers who are out searching for answers, here is what I have found.
According to www.planetnatural.com it is not about the time in which you plant, it is more about environmental control. This really splits into three categories:
So, when is the right time to plant in your greenhouse?
Anytime. Students need to be out doing and learning. Your greenhouse is a great way to accomplish that. Don’t have one you say! Wish you did? Well make sure to come back and check out our post. Many Blessings.
Thank you to NEST Teachers Margaret Swisher, Kim Hickman, Rick Bain, Teresa Torrence, and Susan Mahood for their role as Project NEST advisors for the 2015-16 School Year.