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Title Gardening
Scripture Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens and eat the food they produce. Jeremiah 29:5


– What is enjoyable and profitable about Gardening

– Gardening basics

– How to manage your indoor gardens

Materials Needed Hand Shovel, gloves, gardening soil, water, seeds
Outline – Finding the right plants for you

– Learn how to read and understand the seed packet

– Finding the best location for your plants

– Planting and maintenance



(15-25 minutes)

Finding the right plants for you:  You need to select fruits or vegetables that you are going to want to eat.  You will be more encouraged to take better care of things that you enjoy.  Also consider your spacing, some veggies require more room to grow.  If you only have a small area to work with you may want to avoid those plants.

Reading and Understanding the seed packet: The seed packet will tell you what you need to know about the plant, when to plant it, where to plant, what conditions are best and when to harvest. (Have sample seed packet for reference.  Copy and enlarge so students can follow along).  Seed packets usually have a map of the United States that is color coded by region.  Find your state and match it with the color on the legend.  This will tell you when the best time to plant the seed is.  This can be used as a guide for what plants you choose as well.  You may want to plant everything at once so you’ll want to select plants with similar planting times.  The seed packet will also tell you how much sun the plant needs, how much water and how to plant it.  Be sure to follow these guidelines.  If you plant a seed to deep it may never grow.  If it’s too shallow the roots may not take.  Also be mindful of the suggestion for spacing.  Plants need room to grow if they are too close to each other they will be competing for resources. The last bit of info on the seed packet is the harvest time.  This lets you know how long it will be before it’s time to harvest/pick your veggies.

– What the seed packet doesn’t always tell you:  Make sure your soil is packed firmly.  Too much air around the plant will prevent the germination process from starting.

– Finding the best location for your plants: Based on what you learned about how much sun and water and depth your plants need you can decide where you want to plant.  The seed packet also tells you if it can be planted in a container or if it has to be planted in the ground.  This is extremely important! Plants need room to grow, they will die without ever producing food if not in the right conditions.  The best place would be an area outside that gets both sun and shade.  Most plants require both.  Some require full sun others partial.  If you don’t have an outdoor area, this will definitely limit your options for what you can plant but don’t be discouraged.  There are still plenty plants you can plant indoors, like lettuce, tomatoes, some beans, and most herbs! Just find an area close to a window that gets plenty of sun.  Some plants can even be started in a pot and transplanted to the soil.  If possible, transplanting is a great option.  You can start seeds when you want regardless of weather conditions (sometimes weather can prevent you from planting during the suggested time frame).  This way you can control the conditions, heat, cold amount of water (avoiding dry or cold temperatures and excessive raining) and avoid the risk of the seed never taking.  Once the seed becomes a plant, it is hardier and can continue to grow outside.

– Planting and maintenance- Once you’ve chosen your location you can start to plant.  Remember to follow the instructions on the seed packet.  Only plant what you need.  For instance, some tomato plants can produce up to 200 fruits per plant!  So, unless you are planning on making a lot of salsa you only want to plant one.  You can save the remaining seeds in the packet for up to five years so it’s quite alright that there are so many left in the packet.  Water according to specifications daily or as needed.


There are tons of helpful tips you can find online about specific plants or if you notice things about your plant that you don’t understand.  There are usually tips to avoid certain bugs, to grow sweeter or spicier veggies or even supplements that can help beef up your plants like nitrates.  Google is your friend

Activity  Have several packs of seeds that can be transplanted.  Small planting trays of 6 sections (Good started number for practice, but maybe provide a few more to take home) Allow students to select five desired plants and start planting.  Place soil in all containers 1st and push down compacting the soil.  Pack to the desired planting level, i.e., if suggestion says cover with 1″ soil then pack dirt until there is 1″ of the container left, place the seed then cover with soil all the way to the top of the container.  Once all seeds are planted, water the entire tray. Make sure the soil is moist.
Let’s do it

☐ Yes, there could be an advanced level portfolio assignment with this lesson?

Try planting more at home.  Seeds can be harvested from existing plants you already have.  Check around the house.  Do you have a tomato or cucumber or even lettuce? Extract the seeds, clean them, and sit them out to dry.  Research online what it takes to grow that plant and use your seed to get started.  For romaine lettuce you can save the bottom (that hard part that holds the leaves together and plant it directly into the soil, water it and watch it grow! You’ll start to see new leaves sprout out in no time.




If Yes, explain the advanced assignment.

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Developer & Short Bio Ashley Mott, Product Integrity Analyst at Hallmark Cards, Zumba Instructor, Electrical Engineer and Mother of 1 & 1/2
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