Rooster’s Learning Garden is 6000sq ft nested between academic wings, with access from the school library, so the “inward facing” classes have a view of the garden. Our goal is to create a sustainable garden that allows teachers to effortlessly integrate the garden into their daily lessons. We have a collection cistern for water and this year we have a hose bib in the garden, but the irrigation system is completely non-functional, so we water by hand mostly. There are 27 adoptable plots. Classes voluntarily adopt and care for plots each year, primarily planting edibles.
The garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat recognized by the National Wildlife Federation, and is also certified as a Monarch Waystation. Along part of one wall there’s a large area of wildflower and native planting that is maintained by our garden ninjas, aka volunteers. In the center of the garden we have additional wildflower and native plantings in an area we affectionately call the butterfly triangle, also maintained by the ninjas. We also have a peach tree, a persimmon tree, and a fig tree.
1. Respect plants and creatures (even bugs)!
2. Take trash with you.
3. Put away tools when you’re done.
4. Cistern water is great for plants, but not for drinking or washing hands.
5. Please sign in and tell us about your activities.
6. Make sure to lock the shed and close the gate when you leave.
There are lots of ways to volunteer in the garden. Plots can be voluntarily adopted by classes. These classes will need parent volunteers to meet them in the garden to help with activities and lessons. Click HERE to view our sign-up lists. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the garden volunteer e-mail list.
Resources & Links
Below find links to our garden resources:
Learning Garden Amazon Wishlist
Garden Growth Chart
Planting Tracking Sheet
Harvest Tracking Sheet
Texas Planting Guide