Hydroponic experiments at nursery
We are looking at how plants grow roots at the nursery this term. We have put some bulbs and some dogwood cuttings in water to explore hydroponic methods of growing plants. This means growing plants in water rather than soil. The children are keeping a careful watch to see if there are any changes to the bulbs or the cuttings
At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this summer, there will be a special garden celebrating the work of Maria Montessori, organised by the training organisation Montessori St Nicholas. 2019 marks one hundred years since Maria Montessori first bought her pioneering teaching methods to the UK. The garden design will emphasise the principles of child-first education. There will be two greenhouses featuring cutting-edge hydroponic technology where children can grow micro vegetables and leaves. The designer, Jody Lidgard, commented, “The design offers an engaging space to nurture children, teach them about the natural world and allow them to explore horticulture in their own way.”
Montessori St Nicholas are running a competition to see how nurseries are using gardens in their Montessori practice. They have set us the challenge of growing something that we would like to see at the Montessori Centenary Children’s Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We’re hoping to be able to submit photos of our hydroponic plants for the competition. Wish us luck!