Little Miami Intermediate Blog

LMIS garden bringing in bumper crop

Posted on: July 30, 2015
Tags: Intermediate, District news

Little Miami Intermediate School students who got their hands dirty earlier this spring in their school garden will be reaping the benefits -- literally -- when they return to school.

Back in May, a group of fifth and sixth graders under the supervision LMIS counselor Dawn Gasper planted vegetables in the school garden behind the intermediate school. Thanks to their hard work and lots of rain from Mother Nature, a bumper crop is now coming in for use in the school's cafeteria. 

In the spring, 14 raised beds were made plant-ready with topsoil donated by Oeder and Sons Sand and Gravel. Next came planting day, where students from the Ray, Albrecht, Stueve, Whitaker, Holcomb, Barnett and Elliott classes teamed with adult volunteers including Little Miami board members, master gardeners and retired educators.

The beds were planted with pepper, tomatoes, onions, carrots, butternut squash, zucchini, green beans, red beets, cucumbers, red potatoes, sweet potatoes and herbs (parsley, thyme, basil, chives). The majority of vegetables were purchased at Blooms and Berries, a local nursery run by Jeff Probst, a Little Miami graduate.

A new perennial bed was also planted in order to attract butterflies and birds. The fifth grade classes plan to use the garden when they are studying their monarch butterfly unit in the fall, along with studies on photosynthesis and how the time change and the earth’s position in orbit around the sun all have an impact on the plant growing process. The sixth grade classes will study soil lessons and use the Bird Sleuth curriculum from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Their goal is to use the garden as an area to observe birds.

(Thank you to Dawn Gasper for the story.)