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News about our school garden in Chevy Chase, DC

I can’t wait until the peas sprout!  I’ve never seen a fresh pea still in its pod.  I hope I get to pick them!~

Have you ever tasted a strawberry freshly picked from the garden?  I have!  The taste is delicious! (I can’t wait for the carrots to come up! 🙂

I hope we plant pumpkins in the fall!  if we do, then we could carve it for Halloween and roast pumpkin seeds.  That would be so cool!

I love the Lafayette Garden!! 🙂

Marin (3T 2010-2011)

The strawberries are delicious!  They tasted like strawberry ice cream.  Some were tart and some were sweet.  Some were both!  I thought they were one of the best strawberries I’ve had!  You should really try them!

Alex (3T 2010-2011)

We planted strawberries and most of them are ripe.  Now we can eat the lettuce that we planted a long time ago.  Soon we will have some tall sunflowers.  Sadly, someone pulled out all the carrots but we planted them again.  We also planted peas which are still growing.

Jeremy, Charlie, & Robert (3T 2010-2011)



How to Dig Up Roots

  • First you buy supplies like a claw, shovel, clippers, gloves, small shovel, and saw. 
  •  Then you start to dig around the root. 
  •  Then you use the claw to get down deeper. 
  • After that you try to cut the root in half. 
  •  Then you pull it out. 

That is how you dig up a root.

Sammy, Tara & Caleb (3T 2010-2011)

The root was taller than five feet!  It took about three or four days to dig.  Tara and Sammy, third graders, decided to dig in the planter with the root.  Later they found part of the big root.  They told third graders Caleb and Owen about the root they discovered.  The next day James found out about the root.  Then Charlie, Catherine, and Robert started helping out.  Finally we pulled the root out!  Unfortunately there was more to it.  In the end we pulled all the big fat roots out.       (Students  from 3T 2010-2011)

We started a “worm factory” or  vermicomposting in our garden.  Creating several worm habitats and feeding them a splendid diet of rotten food scraps, in no time we had rich organic matter to turn into our garden.  Along the way we learned quite a bit about how to improve upon and perfect our worm habitats…

We were surprised to find a lot of dead worms.  Only fat worms made it.  There were baby worms, fat worms, skinny worms, and middle-sized worms.  We fed the worms.  But anyone who dares to touch the worm compost is very, very brave.

Maddie (3T 2010-11)

We think the rain barrel was fun to paint!  We painted pictures of worms, gardens and plants.  we also painted decorations to make the rain barrels look fun and cool.  Do you think the rain barrels are going to a lot of water?  WE DO!

Gabi & Ashley (3C 2010-11)

Working in this garden is really fun!  And our favorite part was painting the rain barrels.  We liked this because we painted anything we wanted.  Dylan painted a rainbow and Charlie painted a worm eating an apple.  We also planted some okra and peppers.  They are healthy.  We think working in the garden is fun!! 😉

Dylan & Charlie (3C 2010-11)


The Garden

  • Great
  • Glittery
  • Fountain

 The rain barrels are here to water our Lafayette Garden. Come to the garden and drop off any leftover food in our compost bins for the worms.

Sahara & Anaily (3T2010-11)


I thought it was really fun to paint the rain barrel because I got to paint what I learned about nature.  Now the rain barrel stands out and is really colorful.

Joe (3C 2010-11)

I think painting the rain barrel is helpful, so that we can stay green and help mother earth.  The rain barrel helps us collect water so we can water the plants.  They give the vegetables something to drink so they can grow.  The rain barrels collect the water, then take a hose and water the vegetables.  This is why rain barrels are important to gardens.

 Alaia & Kaylin (3C 2010-11)

We need signs!  The more we plant, we need signs to help us keep everything straight.  Ms. Yedwab’s class gets to work!



We cleared the  garden beds of weeds and turned the soil.   Then Ms. Yedwab’s 3rd graders helped plant over 25 strawberry plants! 
What was their #1 question?  “When will we get to eat the strawberries?”