Huntington students get outside lesson with garden

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Teachers are always tryingto come up with new ways to teach their students, but Huntington elementary hasa 14 year tradition that seems to be working.

"It's called lasagnagardening, because it comes in layers," said Master Gardener, Rev. MarlowShubert. "It's very easy but very, very effective."

It's more than a garden. Itis also a hands' on class room.

"We do all hands on [work],"said Science Lab teacher Colleen Gullett. "They learn by doing."

"You can read thingsin a book, but it's not until you get out there an do it," said Shubert.

The students do everythingfrom laying out the first layer, to shoveling to planting.

With a little help fromthe master gardeners, the students each had their own learning experience.

"[I like] the rakingand the shovels and putting the seeds in the holes," said 2nd graderKa;lie Oneal.

"I'm hoping for ourplants to grow," said Gavin Malone.

In about two months, thispile of paper, straw fertilizers will be more. It's going to be a garden fullof squash, turnip greens and carrots.

"We will cook them inthe science lab and they make squash fritters, they eat the turnip greens,"said Gullett. "They don't have to eat them but they try them."

The adult gardenersbelieve these pint sized gardeners will be thrilled once the fruit of theirlabor comes in.

Shubert says the growingprocess can be very entertaining because the classes will have a contest to seewhich class has the largest vegetables.

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