Garden Highlights by Becky Pelton
Here is an update on what we grew in 2016
1. Carrots were carefully planted in the garden by fifth grade students. The pelleted seeds definitely made for less weeding. The carrots will be harvested in October for the Fifth Annual Carrot Tasting Contest
2. Cherry tomatoes were started inside by pre K students and transplanted to the garden by fifth grade students. We planted them inside cages for support. We have yogurt cups around bottom of each plant to prevent pests. We have been picking cherry tomatoes by the pound since the first week of school. Students and staff enjoyed almost 10 pounds of them on the school salad bar.
3. Garlic was planted in the fall by fourth grade students. We harvested 2 pounds of scapes and bulbs by mid July. Mr. Geiger will use the garlic cloves we harvested to season our lunches and the Fall Feast.
4. Potatoes were planted by pre k students plus volunteers from grades one to three. We will dig them up in October.
5. Radishes and turnips were planted directly in the garden at the end of April by pre k, first grade and fourth grade students. 10 pounds of radishes were harvested at the end of the school year and 16 pounds of turnips were harvested over the summer at summer school.
6. Pole Beans continue to thrive in the new "Long Lake Grows Garden". Pre K students have been harvesting pole beans since the first week of school. We have harvested 10 pounds already with a few more pounds to go/grow.
7. Kale and an assortment of salad greens (and purples) continue to grow in the garden. Pre K students have been using scissors to harvest the greens as needed.
Other garden tasks completed by elementary students: weeding
We harvested almost one hundred pounds of produce from the Corner Garden in 2015! Hope to get close to that amount by the end of this growing season between the Corner Garden and Long Lake Grows Garden (LLGG).
On 11/22/2016 the Garden Committee plans to gather and remove the old rotting beds from the Corner Garden. We hope to make this space a peaceful work area with places to sit, perennials and a fruit tree or two.
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.