Busy In the Garden!Posted by Mary Curran
PreK-4 students learned that root vegetables like carrots, beets and radishes can be planted in early spring. After reading Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell, they headed out to the garden to plant Easter egg radishes in a raised bed along side Sugar Ann peas and parsley. Students also filled newspaper pots with potting soil and planted edible nasturtium flowers which they will be observing in their classroom. PreK-4 is looking forward to harvesting and sampling colorful Easter egg radishes in May!
First Graders Plant Peas & Design GardensPosted by Mary Curran
First graders planted Sugar Ann peas in the Unquowa Garden and in pots made from recycled newspapers. Students learned which vegetables thrive in the cooler temperatures of early spring and planned square foot gardens choosing their favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs. Square foot gardening is a method that helps gardeners determine how much space a plant needs. Thank you first graders for your creative garden designs and for being the first class to plant in our garden. We are looking forward to harvesting peas in May!
A Busy Spring in the GardenPosted by Mary Curran
Spring has been a busy time in the Unquowa garden. PreK-3 learned that beans can be green, yellow and purple and planted seeds in recycled newspaper cups and in the garden. PreK-4 planted and harvested Easter egg and French Breakfast radishes. Kindergartners learned that flowers attract pollinators and planted marigolds from seeds that they collected in September. They also transplanted snapdragons in a new raised bed in our garden. In addition, 1st through 5th graders planted heirloom tomatoes, basil, Sugar Ann peas, cucumbers, purple haze and Nelson carrots, and heirloom lettuces. Thank you student volunteers who have been busy harvesting lettuce, arugula, radishes and a variety of herbs for the dining room!
Spring Has SprungPosted by Mary Faulkner
Trees are budding, colorful blossoms are popping out of the ground and the temperatures are rising! Spring is definitely in the air and in the fifth grade classroom. Seeds have been planted and will be cared for by the fifth grade students, until they are ready to be transplanted into our school’s garden. So far the class has started two varieties of heirloom tomatoes, sungolds and black cherries. Both are sweet and tasty varieties of cherry tomatoes. Also germinating at the moment is basil. The students are so excited for the plants to be sturdy enough and the weather to be warm enough, to put the plants in the ground. When the students return in the fall they will literally get a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor!
Putting the Garden to BedPosted by Mary Faulkner
As one season ends and another begins, we notice that nature, in her own way, prepares herself. Leaves fall from trees, animals prepare for long cold winters by storing food and preparing dens, and we humans too, do many things as well to prepare. For people with gardens, one of those tasks is putting the garden to bed. PEL fellows Abby, Sarah and Michael led our fifth graders in that same task here at Unquowa. First, the fellows led students in a brainstorming discussion on why it is necessary to put a garden to bed. The students discussed the difference between annuals and perennials, why it is important to pull some plants and leave others and the importance of putting trellises and stakes away for use the following spring. Students were then led outside where they were put into assigned groups to complete different tasks. From clearing out beds, gathering the last of the harvest of vegetables and herbs for the kitchen, spreading compost for fall planting and gathering seeds for investigations and spring plantings, there were no idle hands. The students where excited and worked with enthusiasm, knowing all their hard work would lead to another great harvest next season! Thanks our PEL fellows and the fifth grade students for a job well done!
Busy In the GardenPosted by Mary Curran
PreK-4 students visited the garden in September and discovered a variety of late summer and fall flowers, vegetables and herbs. They enjoyed smelling lemon balm and chocolate mint by gently rubbing their fingers across the leaves. Students harvested green, purple and yellow wax beans for Chefs David and Jess and picked Asian pears from the lower branches of our espaliered tree. In addition, they enjoyed watering the garden by filling watering cans from the rain barrel. PreK-4 students were eager to return to the classroom and sample the delicious sweet pears they had harvested!