I am lucky to teach at a school that has garden plots designated for classroom gardening with the children. I have had the same small plot for about 12 years. It started out hard and rocky but it is now so cute and manageable.
This week we are planting. I used Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert as our inspiration this year. We just left St. Patrick's Day and rainbows so it seemed just right for this Spring.
A letter went home to families asking for a small 6 pack of plants in the rainbow colors ~ one color per student. If a student was assigned the color green, then they were asked to bring in an herb.
It takes about 3 trips to the garden for 30 - 45 minutes. Arranging time in the day is difficult but worth it. I ask for parent volunteers to help. Some parents love to help. This year a dad helped us. Students love to plant their own plants. We found several worms and look at the roots abs water the plants. Kids love to garden!
All the gardens need to be ready on the same night the Middle School performs the Spring play.
Here are some pictures: