Our perennial raspberry rows are among the most popular places for kids to visit in our school garden. At this time of year they need weeding and prepping as much as does the rest of the garden. Here children are learning about planning ahead as they ready their raspberries for summer bearing. This particular variety usually bears twice, once in early summer and again in late fall.
Every class came out to the garden with their teachers to plant a special crop on Planting Day. They were greeted by community volunteers, parents and Farmer, Paul Harlow, all of whom enjoy sharing their passion for gardening with this community’s children. Teachers chose a crop to ‘adopt’ and will help to care for their own special row during the summer months. Here’s what we planted this June: A kitchen garden for the salad bar (radishes, carrots, lettuce, summer squash, onions, kale and broccoli) a sunflower house for shaded reading next fall, peppers, tomatoes, more onions, 2 kinds of potatoes, 2 kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, popcorn, basil, marigolds and zinnias! Have I left anything out? Do you have any questions? Here’s to a warm and wet growing season!