Sunday, August 19, 2012

School Garden

I can't believe that we are already 3 weeks into the school year.  It is going great so far.  My class and the K-1 class started a school garden.  We planted carrots, lettuce, and grape tomatoes.  A lot of schools in Hawaii have gardens and our principal wanted us to start one last year but it was too late in the year.  There is a group of teachers from all over the island who meet up periodically to collaborate about their school garden projects.  My coworker and I went to one, and they gave us all of the seeds we needed.  We also got seeds for sunflowers.  We plan to have the kids plant them outside of the windows to our classroom so we can enjoy them during the school day.

We planted our garden in pallets like this one (this is not ours, nothing is growing yet).  We like how it keeps the plant in neat rows.  Plus, the soil in Kekaha is not very good, so we filled ours with potting soil.

We also got a planter similar to this one.  It is made out of a big plastic barrel that was cut in half.  Ours is elevated with a wooden frame which is at nice height for the kids.  Since it is off the ground it will be more protected from the chickens (which are everywhere).

- Emilie

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