Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Weeds, Weeds, Weeds, Harvest!

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Last night we had enough rain to keep the garden plants happy~~especially the weeds. The tomato plants are all staked and suckered. Children wandering through the garden paths can now easily find the “lightbulb” yellow pear tomatoes. At recess, a few summer school campers wandered by to ask what was ready for picking. I made a deal with them: they could pick a red ripe raspberry for every weed they put into my weed basket (roots and all). This kept them busy and interested for a while.
Then they began discovering the ripening zucchinis, cukes, and lettuce. The children asked whether they could bring some of these to the school chef, Kim Kinney. She’ll use them tomorrow for a salad at lunchtime. Kim feeds about 70 campers a day when camp is in session.
One child will bring a few zucchinis home with her. She thought her mom might use them in a stew for supper tonight.
The beans that students planted last week are beginning to peek out from the ground. Some are rather thickly sewn. I’ll see whether they’ll take to being transplanted. I transplanted some carrot seedlings today. I think the soil is moist enough to support them.
Even one of our staff teachers came out after camp to help weed. YAY. What a great place to grow!


Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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