Fourth grader, Nadia W., and her family have worked hard to add another garden at Vintage. Nadi did this as a part of her Grades of Green program project where she is learned to be an ecology leader. This garden is located in a sunny, open area near rooms 33 and 34. It has many special features where students can see creative uses of recycled materials, succulents, tree trunk seats, and more.
Oops... we forgot the camera but we met on Tuesday after Spring Break and after Martin Luther King Holiday to plant some vegetables. Included was tomatoes, egg plant, basil (sweet and cinnamon), bell peppers, hot peppers to mention a few. Until early May, we will not meet due to testing going on.
Time to gather together and take a group photo of the 4th Grade Garden Club for the year book. Look at the beautiful carrots we grew.
Students enjoyed another visit to Vintage Gardens. They enjoyed setting free some butterflies we raised from caterpillars and munching on Sugar Snap Peas right off the vine. They spread fresh bark between the plots to keep down the dirt and weeds. We also got some tomatoes planted.
We chowed down on a salad we made from lettuce, carrots, snap peas, onion tops, and tomatoes. We washed up the vegetables in our sink spinning them dry. Then we tossed them into a colorful salad. The salad was a big hit. Students loved eating the food they grew.
The few rains we have received have sprouted weeds so the 4th Grade Garden Club joined ranks and worked together to help remove them. We also planted some wild flower seeds along the edge of the walk way around the tree.
Ms. Silvia shared a rack of honeycomb from her neighbor's hive. No honey but the wax comb was so interesting to see up close. We also planted some seeds for hummingbirds and butterflies. We love seeing them visit our garden!
Winter gardening in the San Fernando Valley is the best. Cool temperatures and sunny skies make for a pleasant time digging in our garden. Check out the tomato ripening in our plot.
We eagerly got to work transplanting the seedlings we planted before winter break - Sweet Peas (flowers), Chard, and more. Nadia started work on planting some succulents in an unused dirt area outside rooms 33 and 34. We marveled at the monarch butterfly resting on milk weed.
December is here and we will be starting Winter Break in a few weeks. We will be gone for three weeks so we want to make sure are garden is tended to before we leave. We were busy raking leaves, watering, planting more onions, fixing up the trellis for peas to climb, and general straightening up. It was such a lovely winter day to work in our garden.
Vintage's 4th Grade Garden Club will use a digital camera, computer, and/or an iPad and to photograph and journal what is happening on campus regarding gardening, school beautification, nature and more.