The Q&A Archives: gardening club in elementary

Question: I am starting a gardening class in a local elementary for about 15 students. I want to know what supplies i would need and how many. I really need alot of help and really don't know hwere to start... please help....

Answer: You'll want to do some research into what plants need in terms of growing conditions before you commit to doing specific gardening projects. Some fun indoor ideas include sprouting an avocado, or growing ginger plants from ginger roots; there are lots of experiments you can do, like testing the effects of various factors like light, heat, or water on germination. Or the effects of crowding on radishes. Two great books to check out are Gardening Wizardry for Kids by Patricia Kite (Barron's Publishing, 1995) -- lots of experiments and ideas for sprouting kitchen vegetables Garden Crafts for Kids by Diane Rhoades (Sterling Publishing, 1995) -- various crafts, from decorating garden tools to building a bird house from a gourd to making homemade ginger soda (Both books are availble from National Gardening Association, 1-800-538-7476.) Your garden club sounds like a great idea!

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