Vermont School Garden

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

All School Planting Day June 2015

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weeding raspberries

weeding raspberries

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!

more agri lessons

Paul Harlow: more agri. lessons

planting zinnias

planting zinnias

inch by inch, row by row...

inch by inch, row by row…

Planting Day

Planting Day

garden weeder

garden weeder

popsicles after planting!

popsicles after planting!

planting prep

planting prep

Atasi and Paula, Mollie, Emily, Cole

Atasi and Paula, Mollie, Emily, Cole

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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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