The Indoor Grow Area has provided excellent gardening experiences for about 20 incarcerated youths each year who are unable to go the the outdoor garden. Together they grew over 100 vegetable and herbs transplants that were provided to their outdoor garden. Further, they donated over 500 transplants to low-income and disadvantaged gardeners throughout Benton and Franklin Counties. Now they are growing houseplants that they will provide to senior citizens and other people who are home-bound, in assisted living, or in hospice.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Since the transplants were grown in an indoor environment, separate arrangements had to be made to harden them before planting. Also, this limited the production of the Indoor Grow Area because all transplants had to remain there until distributed.
How are you working to overcome them?
We are working to build an outdoor hoop house that will allow seedlings to be moved out of the Indoor Grow Area sooner, and then continue to grow larger and harden before distributing to outdoor gardeners.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
If you are growing transplants indoors, remember that you will need a protected outdoor environment to harden them before planting outdoors.