Because students were out for summer vacation and plants needed to be well established for migration of Monarchs in the fall, Mrs. Blackburn, Mrs. Igo and Mrs. Simpson began the planting. First, Mr. Igo tilled the dirt and Mr. Blackburn leveled it. Next, the teachers planned the placement of the plants based on height and grouped them in clusters by kind.
Newspapers were placed around the plants to help with weed control.
Mulch was added for weed control and moisture retention.