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The School Garden Network can be accessed by calling KACCB at 706-613-3501 x309 or emailing stacy.smith@accgov.com.
UGArden, UGA Cooperative Extension, and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful are getting together to help provide vegetable starts, seeds, and garden assistance.  This is NOT your official order, but will help UGArden with ordering and planning plantings.  Please also assist our program by answering some questions about your garden use and needs.  Thank you!  
Please complete survey by:  January 18, 2020

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KACCB will partner with CCSD to send sends to every K-3 classroom this March. Not a K-3 teacher and want a shipment of seeds? Contact stacy.smith@accgov.com

See all menus and events for this month online.
PLANT & TEACH!

See the Cooperative Extension's Garden Task List for January

What to plant this month, Start indoors: Cucumbers, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers Watermelon; Seeds: Arugula, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, English Peas, Radishes, Spinach, Turnips.

Do you ever wish you could grow something from a seed and eat it in the classroom without investing so much extra time and space? Microgreens are fun and easy and can be grown quickly in the classroom! Thank you to Emma Courson, Coile Middle VISTA for the idea. She tried it and the students loved it! And thank you to Kids Gardening - see the full information on their website!

Decide what to grow. Here are some options: arugula, amaranth, basil, beet, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, chard, cilantro, collard, corn, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, nasturtium, pea, radish, sunflower. Find containers. Any shallow container will do, even recycled ones, such as foil pie plates and take-out containers. Just be sure they’re clean. You can either poke holes in the bottom and place them on a watertight tray, or plan to water very carefully.

Add the soil. The best option is a sterile, peat- or coir-based seed-starting mix. Spread a 1” deep layer of pre-moistened planting mix in each container.

Sow your seeds. Scatter seeds evenly over the planting mix.

Cover seeds. Spread a thin layer of planting mix over seeds and press lightly to ensure good contact between the mix and the seeds. Misting with water will also help to settle the planting mix around the seeds.
how to grow microgreens
Place containers in a warm, bright spot. A sunny window is ideal.

Keep the planting mix moist. If your containers have drainage holes, you can bottom-water by adding water to the tray underneath and letting the planting mix soak up the water. Drain any excess water from the tray. Or you can use a spray bottle to water from above, taking care to thoroughly moisten the soil without over-saturating it — especially important if your containers don’t have drainage holes.
how to water microgreens
Observe daily. Check soil moisture and water as needed. Most seeds will germinate in a few days to a week. Look for the tiny, red beet stems and beefy sunflower shoots. Once they’re up they’ll grow quickly. Rotate the containers every day or two so the stems grow straight.

Harvest your microgreens. Plan to harvest when the plants are 2” to 3” tall, or when they’ve developed one or two sets of true leaves. Use scissors to cut the stems just above the soil.
microgreens harvest

Find Gardening in Georgia here to see local planting dates and garden information for our area!

Find more lessons (searchable by grade level and subject) at the UGA School Garden Resources Website
EAT!
 
Eating from the garden this month: Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach

Microgreen Salad 
Source: PBS Kitchen Vignettes
Yield: 1-2 servings

For the Salad:
1 cup of microgreens
1 blood orange, peeled and cubed
1/2 avocado, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup of shredded carrot or daikon radish
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
For the Dressing:
1 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic (optional)
A dash of salt and pepper

Directions
If your microgreens have some soil on them, give them a light wash and air dry them in a colander for a few moments. (They are very fragile so need to be handled with care).
Place them in a bowl and add the remaining salad ingredients.
Stir up your vinaigrette in a little jar and pour on top of the salad.

Need materials to cook with in your classroom? Borrow the mobile cooking cart from the Office of Service Learning and/or contact a local chef to come cook with your class! Contact stacy.smith@accgov.com to learn more!
EVENTS!

Shades of Green Athens Extension Gardening Newsletter, December Issue.
1/14 Advanced Training in Environmental Education Registration Deadline (Class I January 24-26)
1/18/2020 School Garden Plant Orders DUE
1/21 MLK Day of Service, Multiple Sites
1/24 ATEEG Core Course I, Charlie Elliott
1/24 Connect to Protect Leadership Program: Plants & Pollinators Specialization, Bot Garden
1/25 SCiREN GA Networking Event, Bot Garden
1/17 Green Life Expo & Awards Art, Photography, and Poetry Contest: “Leap into Sustainability” 
1/31 Award Deadlines for KACCB, Water Conservation, Stormwater, and Recycling 
2/5 Native Plant Symposium, Bot Garden
2/7-8 Georgia Organics Conference, Athens
2/21 Georgia Arbor Day
2/29 Green Life Expo & Awards, Bot Garden
3/6-8 EEA Annual Conference, Villas by the Sea
 
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