A little snow doesn’t faze St. Helen’s School young gardeners!

A little (!) snow hasn’t stopped the students at St. Helen School in Newbury, OH from starting their vegetable garden. When the ground is nowhere in sight – use an indoor “tower garden” instead!

The Tower Garden is a vertical, aeroponic growing system that allows the students to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet-indoors or out. With the aid of some very efficient grow lights the system uses no dirt, 90% less water, and 90% less space than a more typical garden set-up. Plus no more weeding, weeding, tilling, kneeling, or getting dirty!

Members of St. Helen’s Young Gardeners Club come from grades K – 5 and meet after school to work on their garden. Each week they measure the progress of their lettuce, kale, swiss chard and all sorts of wonderful herbs. Working under the tutelage of Carrie Neill, the young gardeners also apply science, math and vocabulary concepts to their garden project. Mrs. Neill was able to get scholarship funds from the local Master Gardeners Club and a few supportive donors to purchase all the supplies needed to build the tower, get the seedlings, and create an environment in which the plants would grow.

A few weeks away from harvesting greens for a tasty salad, the students are thrilled to see something green contrasted against the huge mounds of snow outside their windows. Now if only the Easter Bunny had access to their classroom!