Photo credit: WVC 2008-03

And now something for teachers and educators

Photo credit: WVC 2008-03

Gardening in the classroom

Recently, some interested people asked for my advice on container gardening techniques or methods that can easily be applied in the classroom.

Firstly, I would recommend to have all the pupils (students) in the class making at least 3 mini-greenhouses out of 2 transparent yogurt pots. Things will immediately be clear when checking my video on “Two yogurt pots make a mini-greenhouse”:

http://youtu.be/jk08MS1A-jc

Photo credit: WVC 2008-03 - Mini-greenhouses made of 2 yogurt pots
Photo credit: WVC 2008-03 – Mini-greenhouses made of 2 yogurt pots

Secondly, I would ask the pupils to set up at least 3 bottles with different vegetables or herbs. Almost any plant can be grown in a bottle. The method shown in the video (see link below) is simple, inexpensive and efficient. Students can apply this method for growing vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants etc. in smaller or bigger bottles. Let them adapt the size of the bottle to the dimensions of the plants they want to grow. Tree saplings grown in a bottle can be planted in their final location leaving the major part of the bottle around the root ball. This enhances the survival rate of the saplings.

Please check my video on “Growing plants in bottles”:

http://youtu.be/MJmo-zj5PxI

Photo credit: WVC 2007-02 - Vegetables and herbs growing in a bottle.
Photo credit: WVC 2007-02 – Vegetables and herbs growing in a bottle.

Thirdly, pupils can make one or more bottle towers. Check my video “Building a bottle tower for container gardening “:

http://youtu.be/-uDbjZ9roEQ

Photo credit: WVC 2011-08 - Bottle towers with herbs and vegetables
Photo credit: WVC 2011-08 – Bottle towers with herbs and vegetables

These techniques have a high educational value as the pupils are able to observe continuously plant growth in the classroom.

Success !

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.