Oct 4th, 2013
LAKE WALES – Gardeners at Polk Avenue Elementary are enjoying the fall planting season, and experimenting with new systems to start their vegetables.
Students are shown planting a fall crop of tomatoes and peppers in “coir bags” made from coconut husks. The bags have a drip irrigation system that waters the roots, conserving water. Lake Wales-based Double Thumb Growing Solutions helped install the system.
“We are grateful for our Florida Agriculture in the Classroom grant, and for our business partners Double Thumb, who helped us achieve our garden needs,” said science teacher Melissa Kelly.
PHOTO #1: Planting seeds in bags are students Marisol Alverez and Billy Quinones.
PHOTO #3: Quade Spivey (left) and Rogy Socorro work with one of the coir bags, which have black drip irrigation tubes connected to each planting spot.