My garden is my point of relaxation soI took the idea into my classroom. We're wrapping up required science ideas, so I absconded with some grow lights a teacher wasn't using, and keyed into what my SS/ELA partner was teaching - the Great Depression and WWII.. Hmmmmm.... I thought to myself, that sounds like Self-Sufficiency and Victory Garden time. I've brought in window boxes, and soil, seeds, and ready-to-go plants. My students are FASCINATED. Today, they SAW BROCCOLI. You would have thought Hannah Montana herself was in my room herself from all of the excitement about a teeny tiny thing that looked like real broccoli. I think I answered the question, "You mean I can EAT this? Just pick it and eat it?" about 50 times. The lettuce I brought it seems to be headed for a quick demise because both of my classes (every single child in them) think they are the only ones tearing off a tiny piece to eat - surely that won't affect the plant - right? My aloe plant had to return to my house because it's poor leaves had a rash of the same thing happen, and now it struggles to regrow. The poor Lithops (my students call them butt plants) were killed by the same curiousity - they would pull the plant up (including the roots) and ask, "Are you SURE this is a plant? Looks like a butt." Thankfully we are growing so many things they are excited about I think something should survive. Essentially we are growing a salad garden - because most of this can be harvested before they go home for summer - at least once - lettuce, onions, and broccoli. Each child also has two containers - one each of beans and lettuce they have planted from seed. They can't wait to see their own bean and lettuce plants sprout next week - if they keep their fingers out of the soil.