Sixth graders jump-start campus garden
April showers now...vegetables this summer?
With all the rain we've had this spring, our sixth graders took advantage of one recent dry and moderately warm day to begin preparation for our campus garden. This is the second year for this endeavor which is located southeast of the parking lot. After pulling out all dead plants and cleaning the area of debris, students added mushroom compost, peat, and compost from plant clippings. When the soil is dry enough, Maintenance Director Pete Lindner will rototill the area in preparation for planting cool weather crops such as lettuces, kale, and arugula. As the weather improves, students will plant seedlings which are getting started inside the school: tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, zucchini, pumpkin, yellow squash, and herbs.
Mrs. Lauriat will be inviting 6th and 7th grade parents to consider helping in this project with their children. During the summer, we'll open it up for all families in the school to “adopt the garden” for a week by weeding, watering, and picking vegetables that have ripened.
Some of this produce will be used in classroom science instruction. If the garden is particularly productive, we'd be delighted to donate some to a local food pantry!