By Julie McCay Turner
There are a lot of wonderful gardens in Bedford, and two of the best are at Davis and Lane elementary schools. Maintained by volunteers, organic gardener and parent Meighan Matthews (Davis) and 3rd grade teacher Beth DiIorio with teaching assistant Cheryl Johnston (Lane), the gardens have instructed and delighted students, and have also also provided vegetables for Bedford’s Food Pantry.
Looking out the window of the Lane School office
Nestled near Davis School
Beth DiIorio and Cheryl Johnston
A powerful pumpkin patch extends nearly all the way across the path
An unusual squash
Winter squash and sunflower seeds discarded by the birds
Fancy eggplants ~ photo by Ana Tkacik
A common eggplant, shiny and plump
Asparagus plants will produce enough to harvest in a few years
Hiding under a blanket of mulch, new potatoes are nearly ready to harvest
Colorful chard continues to sprout edible leaves
Students created colorful and easy to identify row markers for veggies…
… and for flowers too!
Bugs are always a problem …
And create havoc with some plants
Critters share in the harvest
… a healthy tomato plant …
… and late-blooming chives!