Cleaning our old weeds and plants, turning the soil, fixing the trellis netting, planting Sugar Snap Peas, and more. We love our time in the garden.
Thanks to Kellogg Garden Products, we received a donation of bags of soil to refill out garden plots. Fresh, easy to dig soil will sure help us when it comes to planting. Our weather is still pretty hot -- too hot for planting cool-weather loving plants. So, we will take advantage of our nice weather and continue to clean out each plots removing weeds and other debris. Then we are adding the new soil. We will be ready when the weather cools down.
Last Saturday was Vintage's Fall School Beautification Day. Vintage families spread out across the campus to clean up. Our garden received lots of attention. The following Monday, the 4th Grade Garden Club continued the work to clean out the garden plots. They learned how to identify weeds and worked on pulling the weeds out. Fall is in the air and the evenings are cooling down. Our days have continued, for the most part, to be hot and sunny. We will be prepared to plant a winter garden when it cools down.
Welcome 4th grade students. Fourth grade students volunteer to keep up the school garden and other landscaped areas. We call them our 4th Grade Garden Club. We will also try our hand at growing fresh vegetables to eat. Staff members Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Pacheco will assist the students along with parent volunteer, Ms. Silvia. We invite any parents who would like to also assist to provide Vintage with contact information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our garden has set over the summer and welcomes some TLC from our students.
It was a chilly day in our garden. We continue to keep it clean by picking up falling leaves. Today, we have added more vegetables to our garden. This time it is radish seeds that we planted. We hope the rains continue to help water our plants while we are on winter break. Let's hope that the pest that is eating our lettuce and pea plants goes away and that we see a lot of progress in our garden when we return.
We have been rooting Milk Weed by taking cuttings from the Milk Weed plants in our garden. Milk Weed is a favorite food of the Monarch Butterfly. We placed the Milk Weed cuttings in water until they grew roots. We then planted them. We each got to take one home and plant them. The more Milk Weed plants for the Monarch caterpillar to eat the more Monarch Butterflies. We need to help the Monarch Butterfly survive.
We planted carrot seeds in our garden. We learned that carrots can come in colors other than orange. We are looking forward to harvesting them and seeing what colors we get. We also got to snack on some baby carrots. Carrots are a yummy snack to help fuel us while we work in our garden.
We were quizzed on what we would add to a fruit salad. We learned that tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, bell peppers, squash, pumpkins, and olives are fruit. The are the fruit of the plant that that grows around the seeds to protect and nourish the seeds. Vegetables are the roots, stem, leaves, bulbs, tubers, and unopened flowers that we eat. Today we added Sugar Snap Peas and Yellow Onions to our garden.
We learned about some garden pests that may cause our plants to not growi as we wish such as aphids, cut worms, ants, and grasshoppers. We also learned about beneficial ones such as worms, butterflies, and bees. Plus there are some that are in between good and bad such as the Milk Weed beetle that helps keep the weed from getting out of hand and the caterpillar, such as the Monarch, that eats the Milk Weed leaves in order to become butterflies. We then went all around our garden to see what we could find.
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.