Garden your winter blues away

It may be the middle of winter, but don’t let the cold weather keep you away from earning 15 points for our Get Growing challenge. To receive the points, all you need to do is create a garden in your classroom, school or community, monitor its progress and reflect on the benefits of having a garden.

Don’t have the room or budget to create a school or community garden? Here are some tips on how you can create a tiny, budget-friendly garden in your classroom.

Use recycled containers as flower pots

You can use many recycled items as flower pots. In the past, CEDC classrooms have used egg shells, paper towel rolls, plastic bottles, egg cartons, mason jars, plastic bags and even yogurt cups.


Use almost any type of seed.  You can use almost any type of seed in your classroom garden. Have students ask their parent or guardian if they have any unused seeds they may want to donate. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the package.


Prepare your indoor growing space as a class. Use our Get Growing worksheet to discuss photosynthesis and what plants need to survive. Afterwards, assess your classroom to see if you have access to light and space to grow a garden. If you do not, investigate other areas in your school you can create your garden.


Need more inspiration?

Check out what classrooms this year are doing for the Get Growing challenge here.

Check out last year’s Get Growing challenge here.