Vermont School Garden

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

Last School Year Plantings and Raspberry Staking

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tomato basil row

tomato basil row grade 3 with teachers, Paul Kohler and Dena Weiss-Tisman

Third grade basil planters came out to the garden to put in one more row…..this time they alternated basil and tomato plants. We’ll see how these plants grow as companions and we’ll compare them to the plants in straight basil or strait tomato rows. Let’s hear it for diversity among species!!

Early June view of the garden

Early June view of the garden cucumber trellis in background

 

new raspberry fence

new raspberry fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On another experimental note, we’ve staked the raspberries that were divided last fall. (Click on photos to enlarge). If you want a detailed look at the method we followed, go to You Tube and search for: Staking Raspberries using T-Posts and rebar at growingyourgreens.com. We have parent, Jon Taylor,  to thank for all the welding expertise. Hunter Sherrod,  WCS student alum, dug the post holes and set the stakes as part of his high school community service. I ran the wire…next time I’ll get stronger hands for that job. The raspberry canes will have access to plenty of sunlight and air thanks to our new stakes. Children and adults will enjoy their yield throughout the summer and into the fall.

Jack and the beanstalk illustrated

Jack and the beanstalk illustrated

Making my own origami house

Making my own origami house

Jay scarlet runner bean teepee

Jay scarlet runner bean teepee

Puppy digging

Puppy digging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First graders in Ian Levy’s class heard the story of jack and the Beanstalk, illustrated their own renditions and then planted beans in recycled milk cartons. They’ll plant Scarlet Runner Beans under the teepee support that Jay helped dig in the southeast corner of our garden. Jay had a little from Marley, the garden pup.

Getting the cucumber trellises ready

Getting the cucumber trellises ready

 

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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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