The Garden at Bayou Village School
Time with nature and gardening are important aspects of a Waldorf Education. Our garden at Bayou Village School contains different gardens for different purposes.
The Sweet Pea and Sunflower classes grow their own organic vegetables and fruits in a raised garden bed inside the playground area. They plant the seeds and seedlings, lay down hay for mulch, and tend to their garden by watering the plants weekly. They currently have strawberries, celery, sweet peas and lettuce growing, and enjoy nibbling on the vegetables while playing in the school yard.
The Grades classes have gardening boxes in which they grow their own organic vegetables. They too are learning about the cycle of growing food and grow all their vegetables from seed. Currently they are growing spinach, beets, lettuce and carrots.
We have a butterfly garden full of Texas natives that attract swallowtail and monarch butterflies. The bees and songbirds enjoy our flowering shrubs and trees too. We have also started a fruit orchard which includes a persimmon tree, nectarine tree and fig tree.
Plans are in the works to build two compost bins which the children will put all their food scraps in. Here they will learn the important concept of recycling their food scraps into usable organic matter that will be used as a fertilizer and soil amendment in their vegetable and fruit gardens.
The garden was built in the Autumn of 2013 by volunteers including parents, teachers, grandparents, friends of Bayou Village and the children themselves. It is maintained by the children, teachers and parent volunteers from the PTCC.