Last week, we were fortunate to receive a gift from our Bee City Canada contributors in the form of a “pollinator pack” of plants. This collection of plants and vegetable seedlings will help us to grow our garden into a perennial paradise. We are aiming to create a sustainable pollinator garden where students can enjoy the greenspace in their very own community. We hope to grow, nurture and share the vegetables with our visitors and families as the summer comes to a close (we will be sure to keep you posted in September).
So here we are, we have the space and we have the plants…but where do we begin? Well, we engaged in a very rich inquiry and we learned how to begin a garden from scratch. Using Google Suites, students worked on a live Google sheet where they recorded important planting facts about the plants that were gifted to us.
We soon realized that many of the plants would eventually grow up and out, so we need space. Most importantly, we learned that the key to growing an aesthetically pleasing, but functioning garden, is to consider the potential height of each plant. With this idea in mind, the students set out to plan the garden. With some guidance, we decided to plant the vegetables that grow up high, such as tomatoes, in the back of the garden along a makeshift fence. We planted kale just in front to ascertain that we could reach over and pick tomatoes from the vines. Eventually, we will plant lettuce in front of the kale which will spread low to the ground. We hope to see a layered garden where the students can easily reach each plant as the time for picking approaches.
Many lessons have been learned so far and we are absolutely certain that there is more to knowledge to come as we realize our ultimate goal…getting kids outside and making learning tangible. Keep checking our blog for updated pics of the school pollinator garden…we are just beginning!