Pictured: LCHS students, from left, seniors Bailey Butler, Michael Puckett, and junior James Miller prepare soil for transplanting tomato seedlings in the school’s greenhouse.
By Ron Benningfield
Students in Chris Thomas’s crop technology class at LaRue County High School have already begun transplanting seedlings as they learn about growing plants and also provide income to help fund the greenhouse and agriculture department needs through public sales.
Some of the main objectives Thomas has set for the class include plant nutrient requirements; pests and diseases in the greenhouse; transplanting plants in the greenhouse; integrated pest management practices that can be used in the greenhouse; how different fertilizers are mixed and how the mixture ratios contribute to plant growth.
The 28 students have a variety of reasons for taking the class. Chasity Bryant, a 12th grade student from New Haven, signed up for the course because she wanted to learn the general activities that occur in a greenhouse as well as the skills that are required to grow plants from seeds to plants so that they will prosper.
“My family and I used to grow a garden when I was younger, but now we have a number of house plants that we have to tend to,” said the 18-year-old student. “I will use the skills that I have learned so that I can grow a garden when I get older and potentially get a job in a greenhouse in the future.”
The greenhouse will be opening in late April for sales. Hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
“The main plants that we are planning on selling this growing season include African marigolds, cantaloupe, tomatoes, begonias, coleus, cucumbers, daisies, zinnias, peppers, impatiens, Mexican marigold, okra, pansies, banana peppers, sunflowers, watermelon and lettuce,” said Bryant.