Besides getting the garden mostly weed free, tons of learning took place. The 3rd graders did a great job working carefully with their tools and clearing their patch of the garden. They worked to spread the different types of soil that they found so there would be a healthy combination. One area seemed to have more clay than the rest, so they worked to spread that around.
They learned how to shake the weeds low to the ground so we could remove the weed while saving the soil. Just when they thought their patch was clear of weeds, someone would point out roots that could lead to new weed growth.
We found an onion set and were able to plant four of the cabbage plants.
This entire experience is one I hope will stay with the students throughout their life. Most of them have never had the chance to work in a garden before.