At the end of last school year, we received the very generous gift of a Juice Plus Tower Garden. The Tower Garden is a vertical garden designed to grow food aeroponically, using no soil at all. It has only a 30 inch horizontal footprint, so allows you to grow food in the smallest available spaces. The gift we received also included grow lights, so we are able to use our Tower Garden indoors.
This year, 7th and 8th graders have studied seeds and germination. After learning about the parts of the seed and how seeds germinate, they chose the vegetables they wanted to grow. They chose lettuce, basil, two varieties of tomato, jalapeno peppers, sweet peppers, broccoli, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, and sugar snap peas. They planted their seeds in rock wool and covered them in vermiculite and allowed them to germinate in a plastic tray filled with water. They were able to observe not only the growth that usually occurs above ground, but they could see root growth as well. Once our seedlings were about 3 inches tall and their roots were growing out of the rock wool, the students transferred them to the tower. Our seedlings have grown into healthy plants that are thriving. Students check on the plants progress daily and are excited to see the growth and development of our plants.