Edible Garden Planned for Tangier

The Tangier Smith Elementary School’s Garden Club meets every Monday and Wednesday. Thirty 2nd and 3rd grade students were chosen to be involved in this club based on their citizenship and willingness to help beautify the school.

Preparing the garden for vegetables and flowers.
Preparing the garden for vegetables and flowers.

“The object of the Garden Club is to beautify Tangier Smith,” said 3rd grade teacher Michelle  Montalbano. “All of the money that we collect selling Smencils (scented pencils) goes toward purchasing mulch and plantings. We have people from the community coming in such as a landscaper, Home Depot and others to talk about Venus flytraps, vegetables and so much more.”

Besides planting seeds and watching the garden grown, the students are going to participate in cooking activities that involve food from the garden.

Matthew, who is in the 3rd grade, thinks that the Garden Club is really good. “My favorite plant would be a rose,” said

Trinity and Matthews hold their buckets full of gardening tools.
Trinity and Matthews hold their buckets full of gardening tools.

Matthew. “To plant it you need a shovel and maybe a bucket to put some stuff in it. A rose is the most special flower to give to my mom because it’s the color of her lips.”

“My favorite thing to do in the Garden Club is planting the food seeds,” said second grader Trinity. “The Garden Club actually does planting, gardening and all that stuff and I’m wearing gloves so when I’m digging a big hole for a plant to fit in I don’t get my hands dirty. I don’t  know if we’re going to make smoothies but I like making vegetable and fruit smoothies.”

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