My students need stakes to keep our growing plants upright, a tumbling composter so we can use our weeds to make mulch, and pruners to cut the dead stems and leaves.
"You are responsible for your plant if it lives or dies". This is the poster stapled to our Honor Society News bulletin board. My students take this message very seriously. They monitor their plant daily, like it is a new born baby.
The school garden is created and tended by our 42 National Junior Honor Society students.
They are a diverse group of grade conscious ambitious teenagers who love snacks. If I provide food at our meetings, plantings, weed pulling, and harvesting they all show up. The majority of our students are ESL (English as a Second Language), on free or reduced lunch, and live in the low rent apartments near the school. We are in the center of a large city. For many this is the first time they have ever witnessed a seed become something we eat. They love the garden and especially harvest day. In fact the whole school watches and respects the garden.
We want to become efficient green gardeners. When we cleared our winter garden to get the soil ready for the Spring garden, we must have had 6 large bags full of weeds,and dead leaves. The boys carried each bag to the dumpster. What a waste! It was so hard for me to let them just throw away the organic matter that could have been made into nutrient rich soil; if only we had a composter & composter starter. The other items we are asking for will enable us to maintain our garden for many years to come. Instead of using blunt school scissors we would like 2 new pruning shears to gather our harvests. We need trellis' for vine-like plants to grow, and this winter we learned we need plant protectors for when the temperatures drop below freezing. The 7th grade curriculum covers the water cycle, growing plants, composting, recycling, and being a green citizen. Therefore, the Honor Society kids will be able to put into practice what they have learned in Science class.
I believe putting recycling into practice will carry through to adulthood with these kids.
I have already seen how several of these kids really are interested in the growing cycle and careers in this field. They are excited about the thought of getting a composer to throw in banana peels, weeds, coffee grinds , and egg shells to make fertile soil for the new plants growing.
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|Lifetime 60076 50-Gallon Compost Tumbler • Amazon||$122.98||1||$122.98|
|Panacea Products 36-Inch Fan Pot Trellis, Green • Amazon||$13.90||2||$27.80|
|Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears (9109) • Amazon||$11.97||2||$23.94|
|Easy Gardener 40154 10-Feet by 12-Feet Plant Protection Blanket • Amazon||$11.56||2||$23.12|
|Flower and Vine Clips - Package of 15 • Amazon||$9.14||2||$18.28|
|Ringer 3050 Compost Plus 2 Pound Box (not available for sale in OK or OR) • Amazon||$6.99||2||$13.98|
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