Entries in Gardening with Children (2)


What do the responses tell us about which plants represent the school community in our example?

I carefully color coded the team responses I received to these questions:
• Which plants have been successful?
• Which plants didn’t work at all?
• Which plants do you never tire of growing?

It was really interesting to me, that the school in our example has an apple orchard and none of the teaching teams elected to consider the apple trees as a component of the garden. I found this fascinating. And it makes me think about how I might need to change the way I frame these questions in the future. I added apples into the plants based on my classroom and garden observations.

I then considered the seasons, and assigned the vegetables and fruits to the appropriate growing season for the location of the school, in Berkeley California.

1. Lettuces
2. Carrots
3. Squash: Zucchini

4. Tomatoes, cherry size
5. Herbs (many different herbs will be identified as I go through the creation process)
6. Apples

7. Chard
8. Broccoli
9. Kale

10. Fava Beans
11. Radishes
12. Potatoes


One School’s Garden Question Responses

I have found that it is challenging to get individual teachers to answer these questions, and I have learned that asking them to work together as a teaching team works really well. Below are the answers from one school’s teaching teams to the first three garden questions.

Which plants have been successful?

  • Lettuces, kale, tomatoes beets
  • Carrots, lettuces, broccoli, radish, chard, kale, squashes, cherry tomatoes, fava beans, snap peas
  • Tomatoes, fava beans, lettuces, carrots, radish, potatoes, zucchini
  • Fava beans, chard
  • Tomatoes, chard, carrots, potatoes, beets, fava beans, lettuces, broccoli, cucumbers
  • Lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, broccoli, pumpkins!, fava beans, radishes, kale, chard, cauliflower
Which plants didn’t work at all?

  • Carrots—because of their growth period
  • Soy beans, large tomatoes
  • Nothing listed
  • Nothing listed 
  • Cauliflower, soybeans, pumpkins (too cold?)
  • Celery—took forever but finally yielded two huge plants.  Our garlic was small and not so good.
  • Group Discussion10/15:  Soy beans, large tomatoes, cauliflower, dino kale, corn
Which plants do you never tire of growing?
  • Lettuces, kale
  • Carrots, fava, snap peas
  • Carrots, potatoes “I love having the kids dig for potatoes”
  • Carrots and tomatoes. “The children love to just pick and eat them”
  • Tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, lettuce
  • Carrots, beets, tomatoes, lettuce
  • Group Discussion 10/15: Herbs, cilantro, thyme, sage; carrot, snap peas, kale, lettuces, beets, onion, garlic, squash, fruit trees, broccoli: baby, purple, broccolini; sun flowers, potatoes, berries (blue!), cucumber, kale, chard, pumpkin