Greening the Future: School Gardening Revitalization Updates

Grade 4A and Grade 6 had a session on companion planting and square-foot gardening. They selected the crops they wanted to plant and distributed them following the square-foot gardening system.

Gardening is not just about planting seeds and waiting for them to grow, it’s a science, an art, and a lesson in companionship. And who better to explore this concept than Grade 4 and Grade 6 students, who are just starting to develop their green thumbs?

This group of curious students embarked on a journey to understand the principles of garden planning and plant companionship. Their mission was to create the perfect garden, where each plant thrived in harmony with its companions. The students started their lesson with a discussion on the importance of soil preparation, sun exposure, and water supply. They learned that different plants have different needs and that it’s crucial to choose the right plants for the right location. They were fascinated to discover that some plants need full sun, while others prefer shade. They also learned that soil pH can affect plant growth and that some plants prefer acidic soil, while others like alkaline soil.

Next, the students dove into the exciting world of plant companionship. They learned that some plants work well together, while others do not. For example, they discovered that tomatoes and basil make great companions because basil helps to repel pests that attack tomatoes. On the other hand, they found out that planting dill near carrot plants can stunt their growth.

The students were amazed at the number of relationships that exist between plants, and they were eager to put their newfound knowledge into practice. They divided into teams and set out to create their own plans for the garden layout, experimenting with different combinations of plants. They took turns watering, weeding, and observing their plants, keeping a close eye on their growth, and observing any signs of stress.



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