Sanders Elementary Success Story: My principal assigned the garden to the p.e. department. I’ll be honest, at first I resisted; stating, “there is no gardening in p.e.”
My name is Elizabeth T. Flores and like I mentioned my goal is 100% of grade levels (pre-k thru 5th) will have gardens that they cultivate and grow throughout the year. And boy have we done just that! We’ve planted radishes, carrots, yellow crook neck squash, zucchini, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, green beans, onions, red potatoes, strawberries, sunflowers, oregano, chocolate mint, lavender and basil. The students feel good, happy and beautiful about their garden. They enjoy visiting the fruit and vegetables.
Also, students comment on how much they love gardening in p.e. They work on the garden at least twice a week. On Monday, they put up the garden decorations, till, pull weed & water. On Friday, they put away decorations for the weekend and till, pull weed & water. Together we have prepared soil, pulled weed, planted seeds & plants, organically fed, and put up hummingbird feeders. We have pictures of garden transformation from planted seeds, seeds sprouting and sprouts becoming nice plants. We have harvested radishes, green beans, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, cabbages, onions, strawberries, cilantro, lettuce, and spinach.
They till, pull out weed, plant seeds and water the garden. It’s been an experience they will never forget. They are so excited to see seeds sprouts and grow. They are proud of their garden; some students have started a garden at home with their parent.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We planted a fall & spring garden and will definitely continue in the 2017-2018 school year.
I plan to grow a pumpkin patch this summer for kids to harvest in the when they come back in the fall.