Living on a barrier island, with its close proximity to the ocean, is often seen as a blessing. But did you ever notice that if you dig just a little into the ground, you hit soil? How does the amount of salt or the coarse sand in the soil affect the growing of plants within the garden? How can we deal with the volume of sodium drawing out the moisture of the plant? With certain tides, the area around the school floods, how can we ensure that our crops are not under water? Will this affect our garden here at Texas Avenue School? The resounding answer is yes. It will affect our crops. This is why at Texas Avenue School we use raised beds. We have learned why as a school on a barrier island that we cannot plant directly in the ground.