What’s growing at PS 102?

Jun 17, 2011

Here at Woolly Pocket, we love hearing about what all of our wonderful schools are growing in their pockets!

Margaret of PS 102 in Brooklyn was kind enough to share what’s growing in their Woolly School Garden.

Hi Margaret! Can you tell us a bit about your Woolly School  Garden? What are you growing right now?
Our Woolly School Garden hangs on two opposite fences. All of our crops are doing very well – we have a lot of herbs – basil, thyme, dill, lemon verbena, mint, oregano, chives, several kinds of parsley, cilantro. We also have green zebra and cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, Lebanese squash, zucchini, broccoli, bok choy, arugula, Kentucky wonder beans, lettuce, baby greens, mizuna, eggplant and some marigolds in between. Six Woolly fives are on our hot afternoon sun side and four on the less sunny side. We’ve been getting nice veggies to harvest for our School Garden to Cafe Harvest Festival (a NYC School Food Program).

What have your students learned through the Woolly School Garden program?
So far … they have learned that veggies can be grown in the city on a fence. They have learned that veggies are delicious. They have learned how easy it is to plant and grow food in the city and what plants require to grow. They have learned to identify vegetables and their nutritional value. They have learned about herbs and how they enhance flavors of food.

What do students like most about the garden?
Being outside. Feeling they are in a special, magical place that does not look like the rest of Brooklyn. A break in the day and a chance to experience nature up close. Most LOVE watering, touching dirt and finding worms. They are always full of questions and good suggestions.

What advice do you have for other schools that want to start a Woolly School Garden?
DO IT! We love our Woolly Pocket garden – and I know very few schools have the space (or safe soil) to do in-ground gardening. It’s the easiest method we’ve tried so far – no weeds, easy watering, no bending.

Thank you so much Margaret for sharing with us! PS 102’s Woolly School Garden is looking absolutely beautiful, and sounds delicious!

What’s growin’ in your Woolly Pocket? We’d love to know! Email us at justina (at) woollypocket (.) com

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