Little Green Thumbs Gardens Thriving During Cold Blast

Wind chill is keeping many students indoors, but many Edmonton and area schools are enjoying the warm light and green plants of their indoor gardens.

Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans and kale are all sprouting nicely in some of our LGT gardens. These and many other veggies and herbs are well adapted to growing indoors. Students learn what it takes to sprout seeds, care for plants and grow our own food.

At Grace Martin School, the students are growing wheat in an effort to learn where bread comes from. Teacher Ms Basheer reports: "’Super store!’ is what most of our students say. Let's see if we can change that.”’ The garden is in the school library where other classes have an opportunity to participate and see how this garden grows.

A multitude of plants in large and small boxes are also growing at Morinville High School. Tiny Tim tomato plants are blooming next to a promising bouquet of different kale varieties. In a different area of the classroom, carrots crowd an entire box while sorrel, a few beets, lettuce and lemon balm plants are for now well behaved and promise a variety of interesting flavours.

We look forward to hearing and sharing more stories from the gardens as many more schools get growing in early 2017. Happy gardening and happy holidays!