Even though school is no longer in session, the Southeast Raleigh Elementary School Garden is flourishing. We miss the students dearly, so we’ve asked them to share what they would like to grow in the garden while they are away.
We’ve begun clearing out the garden to make way for our summer seedlings. The green cabbage, romaine lettuce, carrots, curly kale, dinosaur kale, mint, rosemary, and radish currently growing will be replaced by green beans, cherry tomatoes, Black Krim tomatoes, pineapple pole tomatoes, watermelon, honeydew melon, yellow squash, zucchini squash, butternut squash, collards, spinach, cucumber, eggplant, okra, bell peppers, jalapeños, strawberries, and nasturtium.
To ensure that produce from the garden is reaching the Southeast Raleigh community, the garden has adopted a you-pick model. A harvesting station with community guidelines, bags, and “What’s Ready for Harvest?” sign abuts the garden. Visitors can learn more about the plants growing in the garden through a QR code system that has been installed in each bed. The QR code takes them to the Southeast Raleigh Elementary School Garden website where they will find plant and harvest information, recipes, and garden tutorials and lessons. A portion of the produce will also be harvested for SERP’s bi-weekly food distribution.
We look forward to welcoming students and their families back in the fall!