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Louisa students harvest their rewards

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Rachel Mills, a sophomore in the Louisa County High School Horticultural Class waters trays of marigolds to keep them fresh for the plant sale that began May 1.

Students in Miranda Kane’s Louisa County High School horticulture class kicked off their annual plant sale on May 1.

Since January, horticulture students have worked industriously in the greenhouse by tending a wide variety of flowers, vegetables, herbs and succulents for the enjoyment of local gardeners.

Some were grown from seed and carefully coaxed along in the greenhouse, and others were ordered as transplants that have been well cared for and repotted by students enrolled in the class.

The greenhouse was warm and filled with shelves of healthy plants and flowers Tuesday afternoon while Ryan Walton and Rachel Mills took time out from their other garden duties to water the merchandise and pluck off spent blooms.

“The horticulture students are doing a lot of work to prep and make sure the plants are ready for the plant sale,” Kane said.

Students have been learning a great deal about how to manage a greenhouse, and Kane said the plant sale will help them with their skills in customer service and greenhouse management.

Nearly 1,500 plants are ready for purchase including vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, green and sweet peppers, squash, okra, lettuce and broccoli. Herbs include basil, parsley, sage and lemon balm.

(Article by Deana Meredith)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 2, 2019 issue.

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