Tiny gardens for tiny gardeners

9 May


One of the advantages of using the cinder blocks for our raised vegetable garden beds is the extra space it gives us for planting.  In the fall when it was new, the faculty came out and planted radish seeds in them and we had a wonderful winter and spring crop of radishes that were fun to watch and even more fun to eat. 



Now that the radishes are gone, we decided to turn the mini garden plots over to the students for planting.  Each student chose their own mini-garden hole and softened up the dirt. 



Then we passed out tiny marigold seeds and helped the students plant them in each of their areas.  We taught about seed depth and how important it is whenever you are planting.  It makes the difference between a sprout and an empty plot!


Marigolds are great companion plants for vegetable gardens because they have natural insecticidal properties which discourage some (not all!) insects from coming to the area.  We will be watching in these last few weeks of school to see our sprouts emerging and hope to see some blooms this summer. 


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