Winter weather won’t prevent participants in the 4-H Virtual Home Gardening Program from hands-on growing, even when temperatures drop.
“There are all kinds of things they can do for gardening year-round. Right now we are sending out bulb kits. The kids are able to get some bulbs, daffodils and hyacinths, they can force them indoors and they should be ready to bloom by Easter,” Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Elizabeth Duran said, adding that participants also prepare spring gardening plans in the winter.
The free 4-H Virtual Home Gardening Program is open to youth ages 5 to 19 in Wayne and Macomb counties, at all levels of gardening experience from beginners on up. The program provides for year-round gardening projects, allowing students to combine some virtual learning time with unplugged, hands-on, at home activities. Even students in more urban environments can participate, Duran said.
“We cover composting, seed saving. We cover things like repurposing. A lot of our youth are living in apartments or hotels and do not have big yards to plant gardens. We do a lot of small space gardening and container gardening,” Duran said.
Each month a new garden project will be available to participants online, along