Which side is up? Can we eat it without cooking it? These were questions that students from a fourth grade class at Irving asked as they learned how to plant garlic in their school’s garden, today. Each student planted one clove of garlic and helped mulch and water them.
Third and fourth graders at Irving have planted garlic and spinach this fall in their school garden, managed by Heather Musselman. “It was great to plant two very different plants, one a seed and one a bulb with much different planting methods. The kids all seemed to love being out there, were very enthusiastic and loved the tools, especially the rakes” says Heather.
The garden is currently made up of several raised beds, with plans to expand and eventually get a greenhouse to extend the season. A cover crop of rye, vetch and red clover has been planted in the beds not planted in garlic and spinach. The garden, which is in its infancy, will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students at Irving. Teachers can use the beds to help with lessons they are already teaching. Many exciting activities and curriculum exist for linking many subjects including science, nutrition, math and art, to living laboratories, such as the garden. Heather has been approached by one teacher to do soil testing as part of existing science curriculum.
Looking to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Irving’s School Garden can use volunteers in a variety of capacities. Contact Heather Musselman at 587-8309 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get in on the fun.