Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I went to a conference last winter, and the theme was Wellness in Early Childhood.  Many of the speakers advocated starting school gardens and teaching kids about where food really comes from.  I'm sure you can imagine all the benefits of allowing children to take ownership of the garden through its  care and maintenance.  Ever since that conference, I have dreamed of putting in a garden for my students.  

Unfortunately, I am BAD at taking care of plants.  
The only reason any of the plants I have at home stay alive is because my husband waters them. 

I mentioned in my last post that my mom came to visit me this weekend.  Well, apparently she kept all of the green thumb genes for herself because she has always had gardening success. 

So guess what I had her do while she was here? 

The great thing is that I actually already had a large bed, but it looked like this.  
Sad and weedy.

So, after a trip to Home Depot, a bunch of Miracle-Gro (the special kind for lazy people, as my mom put it), and some good old-fashioned elbow grease, we got this:
Hopefully my lazy-people Miracle-Gro will counter-act my lack of green thumb, and things will actually grow.  We planted tomatoes, begonias, dusty millers, and some green beans (they're seeds, so you can't see them). Everything looks teeny tiny right now because it's new, and we covered everything in sawdust to prevent weeds.  

Has anyone else ever had to plant/maintain a school garden? I would be curious to hear thoughts about how these things actually work. 



  1. Dear,Mrs.Webster I have some infromashin to keep your gardein growing.First,get mrical-grow spred it all over the gradein spot.Next,get a gradein shovel and dig out some mrical-grow and take what you want to plant and put in the hole and then braey it with the mrical-grow you dug up.Next,water it every day until big.Last,clean out the wedeas. from,Natalie Grace gahgan

  2. Thank you, Natalie! You'll have to come check out the garden when school starts up again!

    1. Ok I'll ask my mom.Have a good summer!!!

  3. Ok what I ment to say was have a great summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Hi Mrs.Webster I just want to say Hi can't wait for tuseday Bey! from natalie p.s.have fun teaching pre-scoohl!