Vermont School Garden

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

April Gardening at School

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Garden spring cleaningJourney North tulips

We’re getting our garden ready for some early additions to the salad bar at school! The other day a team of first and fourth graders cleared away the old kale. Can you see the garlic sprouting up from under the straw? Journey North tulips are adding their crimson touch to our garden palette.

Children planted sugar snap peas. These were direct sown, 2 inches apart, into the warm soil I tilled up last week. This week lettuce and maybe baby kale will be added.

pulling up old kale

planting sugar snaps

Paul and Ron put up the arbor

Two friends wandered out from school just when the arbor needed to be put into place! We’ll try planting sweet peas (the flowering non-edible kind) around the arbor this year. It’s so wonderful to imagine the beginnings of a new growing space each year. Students in the After School Program are working on their dream garden designs.

We’re also preparing seedlings for the garden by starting them at school and giving them a boost at Harlow Farm greenhouse. So far we have mustard, basil, and lettuce seedlings, as well as the start of a butterfly garden (echinacea, zinnia, marigold and sweet peas). We’re loving this warm sunny weather…more to come!

mustard basil seedlings


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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