Welcome back. After a period of quiet growing, maintenance and a holiday break we’re back and working in the garden. Today a radish planted in early November was harvested from bed 4. The students tending that bed were thrilled with their bounty and commented on the ‘beauty’ of their early scarlet globe radish. Here’s a snap prior to plucking:
Other news from the garden – the cherry tomatoes have given us a handful or two with more to come and, so far (fingers crossed), the students haven’t seen evidence of hornworms and will remain vigilant. The birdhouse gourd vine on the east side of the perimeter is loving its spot and is already over 6 feet tall. The other vines are growing but not as heartily as Vine J (named for the 4th grader who planted the seed). Climbing nasturtiums are also enjoying their space in the perimeter, near the trellis. 2nd graders also planted several types of sunflower seeds in this area.
Here is Vine J at 1 foot, it is well over 6 feet tall now!
The individual cells for each bed are doing pretty well – especially calendula (see photo below). Some seeds didn’t germinate and we hypothesized why this might have happened and reseeded. The students are eager to be out in the garden and the STEM lessons integrate science with lots of garden/plant vocabulary. What makes parsley a ‘confuser’? The 2nd grade students should be able to tell you!
4th Grade Muscle – Remember the giant pile of mulch generously donated from Zimmerman Tree Service? Mulch! Now look at the pile:
Yes! 4th grade muscle moved it all! The garden paths and the area around the villas nearest the garden have a very thick layer of mulch keeping weeds under control and improving the quality of the soil underneath.
Still drought conditions persist – so lots of great stuff happening in the garden but we still need a deluge of glass mulch to complete the river. Also seating in the garden is a necessity. If you would like to donate funds to keep us growing please post a comment.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. ~ Gertrude Jekyll