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Edition IV : October 2016


Longfield Gardens is partnering with the National Garden Bureau and, to give away 7500 free daffodil bulbs! Thirty schools will each receive 250 free daffodil bulbs. The giveaway is open to all current and new subscribers of KidsGarden News. Enter to win now!

Lesson Plans:
Exploring Bulbs

Why teach students about spring-blooming bulbs in October? Because now is the time to plant your bulbs. Most spring-blooming bulbs need to experience a cold treatment to produce flowers and so they must be planted in mid to late fall to ensure a spectacular spring show.

Check out our lessons Bulb Botany and Chill Out to help your students explore the wonderful world of bulbs.

Garden Activity:
Forcing Spring-Blooming Bulbs

If you do not want to wait for winter to end to enjoy the beauty of spring-blooming bulbs, try forcing them. Learn how-to here!

Put Your School Garden to Bed for the Winter

Now is the time to begin discussing with your student gardeners how they might “put the garden to bed” at season’s end and set the stage for a healthy and productive school garden next spring. Click for more!

Youth Garden Grant Update

Since 1982 our Youth Garden Grants have reached over
1.3 million students and hundreds of schools to establish new school and community gardens and assist in sustaining and renewing existing gardens. Stay tuned for Youth Garden Grant Application details coming November 2016!

Plant of the Month: Onion

Botanically speaking, onions are bulbs, just like tulips!  But these bulbs are also versatile vegetables that add flavor to a multitude of dishes. Whether you choose mild tasting sweet varieties, jewel-toned reds, or pungent yellows that keep well, find out how easy it is to grow these tasty bulbs.
Click to learn more!


Join us on October 20, 2016, 4:00pm, EDT for our FREE one-hour webinar, sponsored by Chartwells K12.

Explore how your school garden’s harvest can be a game-changer for your café program and how to make the leap into safely serving delicious school meals straight from your garden. Click here to register!

The 2016 National Farm to School Month theme, One Small Step, will highlight the simple ways anyone can get informed, get involved and take action to advance farm to school in their own communities and across the country. Learn more about National Farm to School Month, how you can get involved, and sign the One Small Step pledge by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website,
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