The students had voted on what seeds they wanted to plant and I brought in the seed packets for them to look at. We had lettuce, radishes, sunflowers, carrots and their favourite watermelon. I asked the students to see what kind of information they could find on each packet. There were different brands so it was interesting to compare how the information was presented. The students were asked to find specific information like planting depth and the time for germination. I could tell that this was a new thing for the majority, if not all of the students.

We headed out to the front of the school and I showed the students which two garden beds we were allowed to use for gardening. Some of the students had started weeding with my over lunch hour so they became the weeding experts and demonstrated how to weed to the rest of the students. All but a couple of the students really got into the dirt and worked so hard!

Many of the students were quite surprised at the size of some of the weeds, especially the dandelions. Some students were able to dig out huge plants with long roots so we all had a look and discussed the different parts of the plants.

Once we got the two beds weeded, we chose the one that will get the most sun to plant our vegetables. I'll need to get some other seeds to plant in the other one.

We planted rows of lettuce, radish and carrots, a patch of watermelon seeds and a back border of sunflowers. I had the students overplant the seeds to take into consideration the cool weather, birds and the trampling feet of students in the area!

We still need to make up a sign that says "division 6's garden" and maybe a little fence around where we have planted.

I booked a computer period for the students and using KidPix, they could choose to design and create a seed packet or a garden plan.

I'm sure hoping we have some success with this garden! The weather is still so cool and wet...I'm thinking we better start some seeds inside as well.