Here is a word math problem for all those heading back to school in a few weeks.
What do you get when you take one first grade student, add one pumpkin seed, include a teacher who says “sure, you can plant that” and a summer of great temps and plenty of rain?
An amazing pumpkin patch!
Last week I was doing a landscape estimate for Greenbrier Montessori School and one of the staff members showed me this pumpking patch.
The legend of the amazing pumpkin patch goes like this. One fist grader last spring had a single pumpkin seed when the class was planting different vegetable plants in the schools garden, he asked the teacher if he could plant it. The teacher approved. Now I know a thing or two about planting pumpkins, so take my word, it is close to a miracle that this seed germinated at all. It wasn’t planted in the best location or in great soil. It had not been tended to by the staff this summer either, so it shouldn’t be alive. But as you can see from my photo, it is covering a 12′x24′ area.
The moral of this story is that it may be better to literally have the child plant the seed than try to figuratively plant a seed in him.
I hope this year’s students enjoy carving the pumpkins.