Updated: May 4
We just launched our first garden class of the season. Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, March 11, 2023! We are grateful for the sunshine that warmed us as we made new friends, and explored how to regrow food from kitchen scraps.
Children from ages 4 to 11 explored and learned together, using their heads, hearts, and hands. We had fun digging for worms, sorting seasonal foods to grow, observing decomposing food, and learning about growing zones. Use this link to download our observation resources.
Plant Hardiness Zones
Each Garden Club member received an ecological journal that we use to record our observations, plans for the foods we will grow, and additional resources to support families with replicating the activities at home to prepare their individual gardens.
Children learned about the USDA hardiness zones, by finding Maryland on a map, then they used a temperature scale to determine our hardiness zone. Click here to view the map and scale that are included in each child's ecological journal.
Everyone had fun sorting through the seasonal vegetables and flowers that can be sowed in March! Children learned which seeds need to be sowed indoors and which are hardy enough to be planted outdoors in March. They used their observation worksheet to draw pictures of the foods they look forward to growing.
Sow seeds outdoors: Begin planting beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, and corn. Heat-loving Swiss chard can also go in the middle of the month. Plant daisies, marigolds, petunias, and snapdragons for early-season color
Sow seeds indoors: Start seeds for beets, cabbage, carrots, kale, lettuce, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, and beans.
Regrowing Food Scraps
We learned about the food scraps that can be regrown from common herbs and vegetables and started an experiment to observe the growth of celery, beets, ginger, leeks, and onions. Each child had the opportunity to take home one of the plants pictured below to observe the growth.
Children then worked together to plant different potato varieties using potato seeds, wire cages, soil, and hay! Check out this video to learn about how to replicate this in your home garden.
We are excited about all the adventures we will have in the garden this season. Secure your membership before the class gets full. Visit our website at Learningwithsol.com or call us at 301-900-5790 to register.