In classroom gardens and other small indoor/outdoor gardens, students can tend to their own plants, or rotate the watering and weeding responsibilities for their shared garden. Make a list, putting students in pairs, and post in the classroom or other community location. Most kids will be thrilled when it is their turn to tend to the garden.
In large outdoor gardens, designate a volunteer drop-in day for your school community (try one afternoon a week during the fall and spring months). Publicize it widely, and opt to feature seasonal activities - this is a great task to hand over to enthusiastic family members.
The summer months are the height of garden maintenance – and also when the harvest is at its peak, and gardeners have the pleasure of reaping what they’ve sown.