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This is a continuation of the hay bale garden from last year, but an addition of new hay bales ( they only last for 2 growing seasons) and the Topsy Turvey upside down tomato planters. We had such a successful garden last year, that I wanted to add the Topsy Turvey tomato planters, so that the students can grow the tomatoes that we received from Tomato Sphere. Tomato Sphere is a program where they send a select few programs, tomato seeds that have been harvested on the International Space Station. Each year we plant these seeds, but in the past have not had great success. It is my hopes that growing these plants in the Topsy Turvey will give us a higher success rate with the plants.

We will also utilize volunteer hours from UF Ag with our local Master Gardener, Jim Norman.

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"Hay Hay Baby", I'ts still Hot Out Here and I'm a Little Topsy Turvey......Planting the Upside Down Way

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School:
Heritage Middle 
Subject:
Career & Technical Education 
Teacher:
Lisa Paige Gaboury 
Students Impacted:
300 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 21, 2017

50% Funded

 

 

Only $500.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

This is a continuation of the hay bale garden from last year, but an addition of new hay bales ( they only last for 2 growing seasons) and the Topsy Turvey upside down tomato planters. We had such a successful garden last year, that I wanted to add the Topsy Turvey tomato planters, so that the students can grow the tomatoes that we received from Tomato Sphere. Tomato Sphere is a program where they send a select few programs, tomato seeds that have been harvested on the International Space Station. Each year we plant these seeds, but in the past have not had great success. It is my hopes that growing these plants in the Topsy Turvey will give us a higher success rate with the plants.

We will also utilize volunteer hours from UF Ag with our local Master Gardener, Jim Norman.
 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will plant another hay bale garden this year, and will be adding the Topsy Turvey upside down planters for tomato seeds that we received from the Tomato Sphere program. The Tomato Sphere program is a program where tomato seeds are sent to a few select schools. The seeds have been harvested on the International Space Station so that the students can compare and experiment with seeds.
To begin with, the Hay Bale garden will be continued from last year. Students will learn about decomposing and fertilizer, by treating the hay bales with Nitrogen for 5 days. They will continue to water them for 14 days until the internal temperature of the hay bales becomes the same as the outside temperature. They will then begin planting. Students will also utilize the Weather Stem APP. This app allows students to monitor the pH and soil moisture of the garden since Weather Stem Probes are in our garden.
My classes will also build Topsy Turvery hangers, by using 4x4 posts, 2x4 boards and hooks. Students will hang the Topsy Turvey planters after tomato and cucumber plants have been planted in them.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Having a garden at school has many benefits. Besides teaching students about the importance of Agriculture and nutrition, students learn to work together and the value of hard work. Students get to participate with hands on activities and Inquire based learning, which has proven to be rigorous and relevant. Agriculture is an applied science and students don’t even realize they are doing science! Even though my classes will be outside gardening, they will still be reading and writing! They will be doing math as we measure to build the holders and figuring out harvest dates. They will be doing science as we learn about plant life cycles and the pH of the soil. They will be learning about business and commodities and being good leaders as we share the produce that we grow with others. They will be learning about nutrition and growing produce both organically and traditionally. Most importantly, they will be learning skills that can be used every day of their lives. 

 

Budget Narrative

The items purchased are mostly consumables. The hay bales will last 2 growing seasons, and the Topsy Turvey planters should last for 4 growing seasons. The planter holders will be permanent and the soaker hoses and hoses can also be used for more than 1 growing season.

Donations will also be given from Slingerlands Nursery, Sunniland Corp and UF Master Gardener. I will also try and get extra hay bales after the holidays when organizations are done using hay bales for their Christmas and holiday programs. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 20 Topsy Turvey Planters $160.00
2 Potting Soil $275.00
3 Fertilizer $75.00
4 20 Hay Bales $140.00
5 seedlings and seeds $130.00
6 potato seedlings $100.00
7 9 4x4 posts $72.00
8 hooks to hang planters $20.00
9 nails $8.00
10 hose $20.00
11 donation of 10 hay bales $0.00
12 volunteer hours Master Gardner $0.00
13 pots donated from Slingerlands nursery $0.00
  Total: $1,000.00

50% Funded

 

 

Only $500.00 Needed

 

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