Another preschool gardening question. Re: beans in containers

FLgardenmomFebruary 1, 2012

So, I have volunteered to take control of my kids' preschool's 4 raised garden beds. I knew they wouldn't be ready right away, but are planning to plant them out next week. So, I got started this week by helping each class plant bush green beans in dixie cups. I'm going to send these home, and the kids are so excited, I know they are going to want to plant them. Now there might be a parent or two with a garden suitable for planting their precious plants in, but we all know no good will come of sticking them in the sandy ground here! I was thinking of typing up some instructions on how to grow them in a pot for the parents.

I have some ideas, but wanted some guidance from my mentors. ;)

What advice would you put in such a send home?

TIA,

Becca

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ibarbidahl(9 (tampa-ish))

I guess that depends on what type they are. If they are stocky enough to stand up on their own and be OK I'd just write something simple like 'Take me home, place in a pot with soil in a sunny place, water and watch me grow!' on the back of the tag make sure you say that it is an edible green bean - 60 days to harvest. Leave it at that.

Putting too much info will make people nervous. If they think it's hard to take care of it might just get thrown away. KWIM?

I can't tell you how many times I brought home sunflowers or corn starts only to have my Mother throw them out or not take care of them. LOL.

Barbie

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 9:47AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

...we all know no good will come of sticking them in the sandy ground here! I was thinking of typing up some instructions on how to grow them in a pot for the parents.

Huh? Bush and pole beans are the easiest and hardiest of veggies to grow here in the Florida sandy soil simply by poking a hole to the end of your fingernail, popping a seed into it and pinching the hole closed. All that's required after that is a little water now and then, it's an ideal veggie for nurturing growth of plants, parents and kids, foolproof if grown at the right times of the year here.

Tom

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 7:57PM
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FLgardenmom

See! That's why I asked. Great point about 'less is more' on the instructions.
And, Tom, yes, I know they are hearty, that's why I used them with kids. But I had no clue they could be planted in this God aweful sand. Thanks so much!
Kind of sad that I am the one in control of the gardening project. They all think I'm so wise in the ways of growing. LOL! Oh well, I may not know much, but I have a passion for it and that's what really matters with keeping kids attention and getting them excited!

Becca

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 8:53PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

You need to give yourself more credit ;-)

Pole beans are ideal for kids because they grow so fast and so long it's easy to see resuts. Bush beans are okay in a container but in my opinion pole beans will keep their attention better.

Tom

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 10:47AM
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FLgardenmom

I'm learning and I'm getting there. Yes, I probably should have done pole beans, as many stated that they wanted a big bean stalk like Jack! ;) I think I will use pole beans for in the garden beds. I got these giant sunflower seeds. I'm so excited for them to watch them get bigger and bigger and bigger!

I just finished getting the beds prepared this morning. Next week is going to be a blast!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 11:25AM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Also, if you can find some purple pole beans they can see them better and the flowers have a purple hue instead of white, more appealing since flowering and bean growth are easier to watch. The beans will turn green when cooked, so the kids find this interesting too.

If you send me your mailing info and are willing to pay mailing and for a bubble envelope I'll send you some Purple Podded pole beans, very prolific.

Tom

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 8:49AM
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