Corner Garden Highlights - Summer 2015 by Becky Pelton
Here’s an update on what we are growing and how it's doing as of early August:
- Brussel Sprouts were planted inside by first and fourth grade students and later transplanted to garden by second and third grade students. By late July we began seeing holes in the leaves due to cabbage worms eating them. We'll see how they fare.
- Carrots were carefully planted in the garden by fourth grade students. Carrots are doing great. The pelleted seeds definitely made for less weeding.
- Cherry tomatoes were started inside by pre K students and transplanted to the garden by Syana and Mr. Koehring. We planted them inside cages for support. The tomatoes are doing great. We have yogurt cups around bottom of each plant to prevent pests. We also have them covered in row cover to prevent an early late blight.
- Garlic was planted in the fall by fourth grade students. We harvested scapes and bulbs by mid July.
- Potatoes were planted by pre k students plus volunteers from grades one to three. Potato plants are growing fast. We keep burying the stems as much as we can.
- Radishes and turnips were planted directly in the garden at the end of April by pre k, first grade and fourth grade students. They were harvested by end of the school year by pre k, first grade and fourth grade students. We are excited to announce we have successfully "double-cropped" this growing season. After we harvested the radishes and turnips, we planted cabbage. The cabbage is growing but slowly being munched by the same critter that's eating the Brussel sprouts.
- Rhubarb was harvested by pre k students and fourth grade students and has been throughout the summer
- Squash was planted on hills by second and third grade students. The best part was creating the hills for the squash to climb. Two of the five hills are blooming with squash.
Other garden tasks completed by elementary students: weeding
- Sunflowers were planted by kindergarten students. Two out of sixteen sunflower seeds planted sprouted and are growing steadily.
This is a list of items we need for the garden.
Companion planting probably began when early gardeners noticed that some plants seemed to grow best when planted next to certain other plants. There is some science to back up this lore, but many still consider companion planting to be mostly unproven. Of course, gardeners can always try it to see if it works!
1. Children will begin to understand where their food comes from and be a part of the physical process of growing and harvesting food.
2. Children will gain a sense of the life cycle of plants and insects and the interconnectedness of all organisms.
3. Spending time in the garden will allow children to develop a strong connection to the natural world, and a future interest in protecting it.
Garden Committee minutes from 5/21/11
May 2011 LLCS newsletter entry