Mrs. Tartaglino Fahey + Mr. Gluck’s Virtual Corner

May 31st – Planting in the Underwood Garden

Theo and Mr. Gluck added a few vegetable plants to one of the Underwood garden beds on Friday! Thanks guys!

May 24th – How to make a raised garden bed

Join Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey as she shows us how to make a raised garden bed.

May 12th – How does an electric car work?

Join Mr. Gluck as he walks you through how an electric car works! If you have more questions about electric cars, contact Mr. Gluck! 

April 29th – How to Repot Seedlings: Basil Edition

Join Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey as she shows us how to repot basil seedlings. You will need larger containers, dirt, fertilizer, and water. And check out the photos of Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey’s abundant garden below!

Post a picture of your gardening progress on our Facebook page or email them to Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey!

April 16th – Earth Day Reminder

Join Mr. Gluck in his basement and learn about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. See how much energy Mr. Gluck’s solar panels have generated over the last 7 years!!

Find two excellent at-home, food-related resources to celebrate Earth Day with your family:


April 15th – How to Repot Seedlings: Lettuce + Tomatoes

Join Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey as she shows us how to repot lettuce and tomato seedlings. In these videos you will learn about the anatomy of a seedling plant.

You will need a larger container, extra potting soil or dirt, and water. Gardening gloves are optional. A boot tray is useful to store the seedlings so the water can easily drain. 

Post a picture of your gardening progress on our Facebook page or email them to Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey!

April 7th – Composting @ Home

Join Mr. Gluck as he shows us how to compost at home!

April 2nd – How to care for your new seedlings

Join Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey as she shares how to care for your new seedlings. Four things your seedlings need as they grow:

  1. Light
  2. Warmth
  3. Water
  4. Air Flow

Don’t forget to share or post pictures of your new seedlings as they grow. 

March 30th – Making Stationary

Family and friends love getting mail and what better way to keep in touch than through letters. Join Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey as she shows us how to make stationary with just dishwashing detergent, water, and food coloring!


  • 2 disposable cups
  • dishwashing detergent
  • 2 straws
  • water
  • plain white paper
  • food coloring (2 colors)


  1. Place one part detergent to 3 parts water in each cup
  2. Drop in 3-4 drops of food coloring in each cup (different color per cup)
  3. Place a straw in each cup and blow bubbles until they begin to overflow
  4. Place your paper on top of the bubbles to transfer the color in different patterns
  5. Repeat with the second cup/color
  6. Let it dry
  7. Write a letter and send to your family and friends


  • Cover your work space with newspaper for easy clean up.
  • More food coloring will make the imprints darker.
  • Try spreading the bubbles with your straw for a different effect.

March 28th – Underwood Garden Tour

Join Mr. Gluck as he gives us a tour of the Underwood Garden as Spring begins. After the video, use some time at home with family to get outside, enjoy the sun, + help parents with spring garden clean-up!

March 27th – Seedlings!

Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey’s box garden has sprouted seedlings! Once your seeds begin to sprout, don’t forget to remove the plastic wrap from the top and move the box to a sunny window.

March 24th – Plant your own Garden

Join Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey as she demonstrates how to plant your own garden at home. With permission from your parents, please share photos or videos of your garden planting experience via Facebook or directly with Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey and Mr. Gluck

Gardening supplies:

  • 2 large (aluminum) trays – one with holes poked in the bottom
  • seed starting soil mix
  • seeds (e.g., basil, cherry tomatoes, marigolds)
  • water
  • plastic wrap (creates a greenhouse effect to keep the seeds warm and moist)
  • gardening gloves (optional)


  1. Place the tray with holes into the other aluminum tray
  2. Pour seed starter soil mix into the tray
  3. Wet the seed starter soil mix; mix by hand
  4. Sow the seeds per package directions regarding placement
  5. Place plastic wrap over the tray (remove once you see seedlings start)
  6. Place the tray in a warm, sunny place in your house (the seeds will need about 15 hours of sunlight a day)

March 19th – A Read Aloud by Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey + Mr. Gluck

  • Book: Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

  • by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin

  • Garden Project Challenge: Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey + Mr. Gluck challenge all Underwood students, with parent permission, to start a garden just like the main character Will Allen. All you need are seeds (if you don’t have seeds, many local hardware stores are still open and will take pre-orders to ensure social distancing).

Check back here and Facebook for progress on Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey + Mr. Gluck’s garden project!