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Students plant organic garden at school

by webdev

September 30, 2010

A group of elementary students at Riverhills Elementary in Florida are in the process of creating a garden for learning next to their classrooms, reports the Tampa Bay Online.

The organic vegetable and fruit garden will be 30-by-85 feet and will also include various flowering plants to delight the children. For the fall season the garden will feature strawberries, a pumpkin patch, an herb section and an assortment of vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots.

The garden is a community effort - local donors contributed a storage shed, bird-feeders and money to help set up an irrigation system for the garden. The school plans to use the garden for educational purposes and teachers may conduct math and science classes utilizing its resources.

Students pulled the weeds themselves prior to sowing and are excited about the garden and eating its organic vegetables, “It's fun to watch things grow,” Tianna McPherson, a fifth-grader, told the news source.

Mini-pumpkin patches are fairly easy to grow at home. They need lots of sunshine, plenty of water and room for movement, according to the University of Illinois. Along with pumpkin flowers, the gourds make great seasonal home decorations.


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