Corner Garden Highlights by Becky Pelton
Here is an update on what we are grew in 2015 and how many pounds of it we harvested:
- Brussel Sprouts were planted inside by first and fourth grade students and later transplanted to garden by second and third grade students. After the warm fall temperatures, we harvested two pounds of Brussel sprouts.
- Carrots were carefully planted in the garden by fourth grade students. Carrots are doing great. The pelleted seeds definitely made for less weeding. Mr. Corey and a fifth grade student pulled the first carrots out of the ground this fall. According to Mr. Corey, the carrots were enormous and had "legs". He reported the carrots could practically "stand on their own". We harvested twenty-seven pounds of carrots.
- 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 have been picking cherry tomatoes by the pound since the first week of school. Students and staff enjoyed almost fifteen pounds of them on the school salad bar.
- Garlic was planted in the fall by fourth grade students. We harvested scapes and bulbs by mid July. Mr. Geiger used the four and quarter pounds of garlic cloves we harvested to season our lunches and the Fall Feast.
- Potatoes were planted by pre k students plus volunteers from grades one to three. We dug up 23 pounds of potatoes altogether.
Other garden tasks completed by elementary students: weeding
- 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 three pounds of radishes and turnips, we planted cabbage. We harvested 12.5 pounds of cabbage. We made enough sauerkraut for Mr. Geiger to use for a school-wide German lunch.
- 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 bloomed but we only harvested one three-pound Delicata squash.
- Sunflowers were planted by kindergarten students. Two out of sixteen sunflower seeds planted bloomed.
We harvested almost one hundred pounds of produce from the Corner Garden in 2015!
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