Last week at our Got Dirt? training in Green Bay, local teachers and child care providers shared resources and gardening tips.
One particularly intriguing winter gardening method was the idea of winter sowing. Winter sowing involves reusing plastic containers (such as take-out containers or milk jugs) to essentially create mini-greenhouses in the winter. Placing the containers outdoors, the seeds begin to grow naturally, taking hints from Mother Nature. Once spring arrives, the plants are ready to be transplanted into your garden.
Winter sowing offers an alternative to starting plants indoors under grow lights.
It also makes for a great method to try with your students. Just imagine students’ fascination with their mini-greenhouses outside in the snow. Each day they can monitor the progress of their plants during recess or before/after school.
Visit the website http://www.wintersown.org/ for detailed instructions, ideas and inspiration.
If you have used winter sowing in the past or decide to try it with your students, we would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!