Question From: L. Czako - Dearborn Heights, Michigan, United States
Q: My granddaughters elementary school has a 4000sqft. greenhouse. This is my first year to help. Veggies have been ruled out; too much work after school yr. ends. My imagination is running wild! What please is yours telling you? Thanx, Lou Czako Thanx also for the great stuff in the paper!
First, I would not overlook veggies. Lettuces are quick turn plants that can be harvested when the kids are still in school. Red lettuce is great fun. Peas are cool season plants and can be eaten as shoots. Also, plants can be adopted by the children when school is out. Bush Cherry tomatoes are perfect for this. My grandson grew a zinnia in kindergarden that when planted in his back yard burgeoned and flowered through frost. Sun flowers are also a possibility. What you grow depends a great deal on the facility, water availability, heating and help available. Also, how the projects will work with the educational programs. I would contact the Wayne Country Master Gardener program for information on getting a volunteer with green house growing experience. Contact Kristine Hahn at 313-567-9701. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy