Winter break is upon us. Before we left on our 3 week winter break, the 4th Grade Garden Club sampled their lettuce crop. Various lettuce types had been planted. Students washed and sanitized their hands. They each cut a few lettuce leaves to contribute to the salad. Using our new garden sink (thanks to Mr. Fuchs), we rinsed the lettuce leaves. One student was in charge of spin drying the lettuce. Two more students tore the leaves into bit size pieces. Finally one student mixed together Blood Orange Olive Oil and a White Peach vinegar for a fruity tasting salad dressing. Samples were passed out and enjoyed by the students.
Last year we planted a Butterfly Garden. We didn't see a lot of butterflies so we weren't sure what to expect. But, today we noticed a monarch caterpillar on Mrs. Stone's shirt. We looked in our Butterfly Garden and found lots of caterpillars munching on the plants in the garden just like we had hoped. Now to wait and see what happens next. Yea! Our garden is a Monarch way station as they migrate. As cities grow, there are less and less places for butterflies to find food and a place to live. Our butterfly garden may be small but we hope we make a difference.
After many missed Friday 4th Grade Garden Club meetings due to shortened days (with no recess) for parents conferences and Thanksgiving, we came back to our garden. It was a beautiful but chilly day in the 50's. We have some concern about our vegetables due to possible frost during the evenings, but so far so good.
Some of us left the garden with rakes, trash bags, and dustpans in hand to pick up fallen leaves in the planter outside the library. Three large bags were filled up.
Others learned how to plant plant Freesia flower bulbs in our Senses Garden. They will smell so good come spring time. Plus they will look so beautiful.
We also talked about our state flower, the California Poppy. Some of us were given seeds to plant. We plan to plant more around campus next meeting. We hope this native plant will grow. Poppies prefers loser soil than our clay soil but we will give it a try.
Mrs. Ratner and some of her students planted seeds in Room 14's garden plot. It is great to see other classrooms planting in their plots.
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.