It’s fun to see how folks use our products in ways we didn’t expect. We recently heard from Rowena Gerber, who teaches at the Miami Country Day School in Miami, FL, where the second graders created a “pizza garden” using our Grow Beds.
The kids put a Tomato Grow Bag in the center and they made triangular “pizza slices” surrounding it. The raised beds have four kinds of peppers, two types of basil, two types of chives, red and white onions, and two types of oregano. At harvest time, we made miniature pizzas in our solar ovens
They made the “slices” of pizza by using only three sides of the 3 X 3 Grow Beds. A Tomato Grow Bag is placed in the middle and the six “slices” are evenly placed around it. The children have experimented with all sorts of shapes and use Grow Beds throughout the garden. Sometimes, we need to make smaller gardens to accommodate each class or one side gets broken and we don’t want to throw out the entire bed. The students also like making diamond shaped beds.
I love the Grow Beds! I have no trouble keeping them watered because … I have more than 100 little gardening angels who feel quite important running through the gardens with their watering cans.
I’m not sure how many Grow Beds I have used. We have a tabbouli Grow Bed (mint, parsley, tomato, chives, onions), a salsa Grow Bed (cilantro, chives, onion, tomato, and four kinds of peppers), a rainbow garden, Peter Rabbit’s garden … all made with combinations of Grow Beds and raised beds.
The children’s favorite garden is the one where they created a cucumber and bean tunnel they can walk through. One kindergarten class set up chairs to watch the “plant show” … just sat there watching the plants grow. One child grabbed a stick pretending it was a microphone and started interviewing the plants. I never realized how much personality French sorrel had until I saw it interviewed!
Thanks, Rowena, for sharing your story.