Planting Day at John Eager Howard's new outdoor classroom

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Planting Day at John Eager Howard Elementary School (9/15/11)

When we last left you, John Eager Howard's Green Team of teachers and staff was working with Baltimore City Master Gardeners and RHIC to build raised planter boxes for John Eager Howard's new outdoor classroom. The idea was that the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes would each have their own planter box to tend to over the course of the school year, starting with the Fall planting season.

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Constructing raised planter boxes at John Eager Howard (9/1/11)

Now that the boxes are constructed, today (Thursday 9/15/11)  we invited the students to begin filling the boxes with soil and crops. So if you're a student at John Eager Howard Elementary School and you wanted to know how to prepare raised planter boxes for a fall crop of kale, broccoli and cauliflower, this is what you would do:

Enter the interior courtyard:

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Lay garden cloth at the bottom of the planter box:

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Pick up heavy bags of soil to add to the box:

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But you might need some help:

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Ms. Hanson can help you get all the soil out:

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JEH planting day 1

Level the soil:

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Take the plants out of their starter boxes:

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Make sure the plants are evenly spaced:

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Get your hand trowel ready:

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JEH planting day 3

Start digging:

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Keep on digging:

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Make sure you've dug deep enough:

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JEH planting day 4
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Plant:

Water:

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Let Principal Hanson lend a hand:

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Water just a little bit more:

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Pose for the camera:

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Wait for the crops to grow!

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