Students celebrate harvest with garden party

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 05:45 PM.

Each student got to plant one or two items in the garden and then tended to the plants as they grew. They had to determine the right amount of water to add and learned the hard way not to plant items until after the final frost of winter.

"If it got brown leaves, you had to pick them off," Martinez said. "It’s using energy and wasting energy trying to make it come back to life."

Alicea said the students greeted the project with enthusiasm, wanting to go outside each day just to see how much the plants grew overnight.

"It’s been so fun to watch the whole process," she said. "They were so excited, and it’s so nice to watch them be so excited."

Alicea said she came up with the idea for the garden after attending a project-based workshop last summer and applied for the Bright Ideas grant in the fall.

"Otherwise, I would not have been able to afford to do all of it," she said.

Part of the project involved the students blogging and providing website updates on the progress of the garden.

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