Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pizza Themed Herbs

Growing herbs is so easy, even in winter! Simply start with a pot or window box, as well as some basil, thyme, and oregano plants.

1) Assortment of herbs such as basil, thyme, oregano
2) Window box or flower pot
3) Gravel
4) Potting soil

1) Have students fill the bottom of the container with pebbles or gravel. This will help the soil drain so that the plants never sit in standing water.

2) Next, have them cover the gravel with several inches of potting soil. Getting a little messy is half the fun!

3) Show them how to slip the plants out of their pots. Help them scoop a hollow into the soil in the planter and then add the plants one at a time. Explain that the plants you'll grow are not only edible, but are actually the herbs that taste best on pizza!

4) After all of the plants are in the pot or planter, fill in any gaps between the plants with additional potting soil.

5) Finally, have them put the planter in a bright location. If possible, herbs like several hours of direct sun per day.

6) Encourage your students to make a calendar that reminds them to give the plants a little water each day.

If you snip a bit here and there from the plants, they will continue to grow. So, don't feel bad about gathering what you need to make mini-bagel pizzas. To do this, place sliced mini-bagels on a cookie sheet or baking stone. Add a small amount of tomato sauce. Sprinkle with chopped herbs. Add some mozzarella cheese and heat in the oven until the cheese is bubbly. Be careful; they’ll be hot ... but yummy!

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