Vermont School Garden

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

Back to Basil (See March 21st entry)

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greenhouse basil closeup

greenhouse basil closeup

Third graders gathered their observations about the best place for planting basil after almost two months of comparing classroom seedling growth with photos of the basil growing in the greenhouse. It was almost a tossup between Harlow’s greenhouse and the seeds planted in their classroom window. The carton of seeds set in the desk drawer sadly did not survive. Everyone agreed that sunlight was a huge contributor to plant growth. These young scientists have been enjoying eating weekly plantings of sprouts in their classroom since late March!

The rest of the greenhouse basil seedlings will be planted in our school garden this Friday. Some seedlings were already transplanted and taken home by the third graders. They had a little taste test of basil leaves while transplanting.

transplanting basil

transplanting basil

Basil transplanting

Basil transplanting

Basil taste test

Basil taste test












Click here: Basil Observation sheet


The top basil leaves can be ‘pinched off’ allowing the leaves just underneath to branch out. (See center photo.)


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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