Sunday, September 19, 2010

A question for all of you...

I am volunteering this year at my son's Elementary School, tending the school garden. It is my first time working with a "community" type garden but also one that's geared specifically for children ages 10 and under. Right now, the garden is close to bedtime. We planted a few cool weather veggies like spinach, radishes and lettuce. The sunflowers are close to finished and the herbs are about the only thing left actively growing. 

I was wondering if any of you had experience with a garden like this? If so, what would you recommend we do with the children in the coming weeks? There isn't much to harvest, but I'd like them to be involved in the last few weeks of growing for the garden this fall. 

In addition, I'd love some ideas for next spring. I was thinking we could again plant cool season veggies in late spring and maybe some spring flowers. The kids aren't there during the summer and the garden is fairly neglected (from what I'm told) so I don't want to go too crazy with summer stuff. 

I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. What about teaching them to make compost?? If they were to bring stuff from home, you could teach them the value of recycling for the garden, and use it next spring when you start to plant again.

  2. composting - thats a great idea!

  3. How about planting a winter crop of winter rye or something that can be turned into the soil for green manure. Collecting sunflower seeds ... Great fun! You could look for chrysalises too... Plant garlic! Have fun! ;>))

  4. Carol - I like the idea of planting winter rye. Then they could even see it during the winter months. thanks for the idea!

  5. That school must be sorrounded by a fascinating garden! Are there seeds to collect and store for spring use?


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