Garden Friends

Garden friends help the teachers and students maintain the class garden bed and areas of the school grounds, as well as assist teachers with special environmental activities and projects throughout the school year. 


The goal is for each class is to complete at least 5 earth friendly activities 

throughout the school year using the wonderful gardens and outdoor classrooms.

Garden Plot To Do List:
August/September & October:
  1. Take a tour of the school grounds with your class and share all of the wonderful treasures we have on the school grounds that have been growing through the summer months.
  2. Weed Your Garden Plot with your class and dump weeds in one of our compost bins or create a compost pile near your garden bed to observe decomposition first hand.
  3. Create a Garden Sign for your class so that all of the other classes can see your garden. 
    • Include Teacher's name and Grade (student's names are optional)
  4.  Work on Scarecrow (optional)
    • See Introduction letter below for more information.
  5. Plant one or more of the following items in your garden bed using the seeds of learning. 
    • carrots, lettuce, peas, spinach, kale, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards or mustard greens and root vegetables like turnips, radishes or rutabagas as these are great cool weather plants
November & December:
  1. Take down your scarecrow or place your pumpkin in your garden plot to rot.
  2. Mulch Relay ~ Spread mulch around trees, picnic tables and benches in the main playground and track area.   (Have your students be Environmental Stewards during recess or connect a math concept to help spread the mulch.  Ask your students to estimate with various size containers of mulch.  How many two gallon buckets will cover the area around the tree?)

  3. Bulb Plantings ~ Each class will receive a set of bulbs to plant on the school grounds either in their garden bed or specific areas of the school such as along the walk to gym for a surprise in the spring.
January & February:
  1. Feed and shelter the birds ~ Each class will be given a gallon size bag of bird seed.  Either place some in the garden over time in current bird feeders or create recycled feeders to provide supplemental food for our fine feathered friends.   Another idea is to hang a bird house to welcome new birds to our gardens.

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