News from the Garden

News from the Garden

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles
of nature, is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace.
  • May Sarton

Spring has sprung and it is time for us here at Franklin Discovery Academy to get serious about
planting our very first garden.  We are super excited for this new adventure and looking forward to
benefits the following studies mention.

  • A school garden supports student inquiry, connection to the natural world, and engages students in the process of formulating meaningful questions.

  • Students involved with school gardens generally take pleasure in learning and show positive attitudes towards education.  

  • Children who are familiar with growing their own food tend to eat more fruits and vegetables (Bell & Dyment, 2008), and are more inclined to continue healthy eating habits through adulthood.  

  • The school garden serves as a “safe place” for students. Studies show that large numbers of students report “that they feel calm, safe, happy, and relaxed in the school garden”.

  • Students participating in a garden program had increased self-understanding, interpersonal skills, and cooperative skills when compared to non-gardening students.

We need your help. The following items are needed to help make our garden a success.  Many of
these materials may be lying around in your garage. Please consider donating if you can do so.  Every
$10 in donated materials counts as one hour volunteer time.


PVC Pipe - ¾” pipe / if you have a large amount of ½” that would work too
PVC primer & glue
Starter Plants
Fencing for Vines
Tomatoes cages

Starter Plants

  • Onions (green & white)
  • Peppers (green & jalapenos)
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Peas
  • Green beans
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Strawberries

Herbs (all kinds)

  • Rosemary
  • Cilantro
  • Mint

Flowers (all kinds)

  • Lavender
  • Sunflowers

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