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Students Grow Plants, Selling Them Friday

Posted 5/4/2017

CHRISTY Jones stands next to the greenhouse where the garden plants and flowers are growing.CHRISTY Jones stands next to the greenhouse where the garden plants and flowers are growing.By Pilar Martin

BURRTON – Burrton Elementary students are busy growing vegetables and flowers. They will sell the collection of small plants this Friday, May 5, from 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Each grade, pre-k through fifth, have grown a different type of plant. The plants will were grown in such to emulate the colors of a rainbow. The plants were all started from seed in individual milk cartons, and are being carefully nurtured by students.

“Each day, the students want to go out to the greenhouse and see how much the plants have grown. They really like to water the plants, too. That’s what they want to do at recess,” said Kindergarten teacher Christy Jones.

The greenhouse was purchased with money raised in an online plant sale earlier in the school year. Burrton High School students helped put the greenhouse, which is right outside the Kindergarten room.

A farmer donated some rain barrels and Jones tapped into the school’s downspout to create an easy watering station next to the greenhouse.

Plants on sale this Friday are a colorful variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables. You will find peppers, tomatoes, marigolds, snap peas, sunflowers, dahlia, zinnia, green onions, cucumbers, cilantro, morning glory, hyacinth bean, basil and even some blue potatoes. The potatoes are grown apart from the greenhouse in tubs.

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