Corner Garden Highlights - Fall 2015 by Becky Pelton
Here is an update on what we are growing and how it is doing as of Fall 2015:
- Brussel Sprouts were planted inside by first and fourth grade students and later transplanted to garden by second and third grade students. With the warm fall temperatures, the Brussel sprouts are still growing in size.
- 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". Soon we will harvest all the carrots for the Fourth Annual Carrot Tasting Contest scheduled for 10/21.
- 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 have enjoyed them on the school salad bar each week. The plants are now covered in row cover to prevent a frost from destroying them.
- Garlic was planted in the fall by fourth grade students. We harvested scapes and bulbs by mid July. Mr. Geiger is using the garlic cloves to season our lunches. We have set some aside for seasoning the Fall Feast.
- Potatoes were planted by pre k students plus volunteers from grades one to three. Soon we will dig into the mounds and see how our potatoes grew.
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 the radishes and turnips, we planted cabbage. The cabbage heads are still growing with the warm fall temperatures.
- 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.
- Sunflowers were planted by kindergarten students. Two out of sixteen sunflower seeds planted are blooming this fall.
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