Resource and Education
Getting Started with School Gardens
Conger Elementary News
May 3, 2021
Seeds are beginning to sprout, along with the curiosity of Linda’s cadre of second grade gardeners at Conger Elementary. The garden planters are incubating the mini gardeners’ eclectic personal choices of wildflowers, dill, Johnny jump up, bee balm, milkweed, lavender, mint, thyme, lemon balm, oregano, blanket flower, butterfly weed, and a grass that is “a funny shape”.
The kiddos are doing a great job of checking on the seeds, pulling weeds (for the most part) and making certain their boxes are watered. To see all the buddies out there at recess inspecting their seedlings and smelling the herbs is priceless. One little boy loves to pick the dandelions and asked Linda if that was ok since they were not in the pots. Carefully picking a small bouquet of yellow sunshine, he handed them to Linda and said that they were for her for helping them plant the garden. And this is why we bring the magic of gardening to children!
Linda also brought gardening science inside the classroom through fun activities linked to the importance of birds and insects in pollination. Using wild bird seed and peanut butter or lard, the kiddos made pine cone bird feeders that they could hang up at home. Why we all need “good bugs” in our gardens was Linda’s next lesson and our mini-gardeners then constructed cozy bug houses from twigs, grass and leaves scavenged from the playground, hopefully attracting those beneficial insects.
Thank you again to Linda Harrison for loving, caring and sharing nature’s beauty with her little buddies.
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