Wewahitchka fifth-graders enjoy a garden party

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:05 AM.

 “The students love it,” said Beyl. “You can tell that they enjoy the experience.”

Cabbage, lettuce, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, onions, eggplant, watermelon, beans, peppers, squash, sugarcane and various herbs made up this year’s garden with produce being grown both in-ground and in pots.

“We use pots to show the students that even if you don’t have room for a garden, you can still have a garden,” Beyl said.

While in the garden students were broken up into groups of four to five and they learned how to plant seeds, rake, fertilize and cultivate. Those who had the courage even learned how to operate a rototiller under Beyl’s close supervision.

“They also learned how to pick and eat the strawberries when no one was looking,” he added.

Students are made aware of what dishes can be made from the contents of a garden and students took home cabbages, carrots and potatoes to share with their families. Those who had an interest in starting their own gardens were given seeds to plant.

“It was a lot of fun,” said student Lavender Abdulla about the program. “We learned where plants grow but also got to get in the dirt.”

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