School Gardens

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

Meighan Matthews

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


But the compost bins offer a great home for volunteer morning glories …

… a healthy tomato plant …

… and late-blooming chives!

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