Corner Garden Highlights - Spring 2015 by Becky Pelton
What a winter! We’re so glad the days are getting longer and warmer. The Garden Committee is ready to get our hands in the ground. We have big plans for this spring. It’s time we made better use of the garden space we have by tearing out the old warped rotten beds. This way we’ll also have more growing space to increase our yield.
The committee met in January to get a jump start on the season. We refined what we will be growing this year so most of the produce will come to fruition by the end of the school year or in the fall when students are here to harvest and enjoy it. We plan to grow beans, squash, brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes, radishes, turnips, potatoes, onions, garlic, and of course, CARROTS.
Again we’ve collaborated with local farmer Chris Thompson to plan our plot and purchase seeds. Cornell Cooperative Extension continues to support our garden project through donations and the Lions Club in Long Lake also donated funds for materials. We have plans to purchase bulbs with a donation from the Long Lake Board of Education. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped keep this project alive.
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.
Food should be healthy. Affordable. And produced with care for the environment; the women and men who grow, harvest, and serve it; and farm animals. But too often, our food system puts those
ideals out of reach. Our diets often cause more harm than good for ourselves and our environment, and many people don’t have the
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Garden Committee minutes from 5/21/11
May 2011 LLCS newsletter entry