The Garden at Oswegatchie School is a sustainable organic garden where children get a hands on experience learning where their food comes from while developing an appreciation and respect for nature. The Garden will be a learning center to teach gardening as well as incorporating art, music, literature, math and science. It is a place where children are encouraged to join in and participate in the process of creating, developing and maintaining the garden!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Getting the Perennial Bed Ready

Mulching the sign bed

Today was mainly about getting the center perennial garden bed ready. We got a generous donation of perennial plants from Pete and JoAnn Strmiska that need to be planted. Rain has been predicted for the next couple of days so Rob and I probably won't be able to get over there this weekend  and fill the center bed so we put the kids to work today. It was overcast and cool with a slight breeze so we figured it would be perfect weather to finish the chore.

To keep the weeds at bay we laid a layer of paper on the bottom of the bed. When we filled the vegetable beds the children added composed horse manure to the center bed as well. 

Slowly but surely we filled the wheelbarrow and made several trips to the center bed. What Rob and I take for granted as a chore, the children begged us to do. When we told them they got to move the dirt to the center bed they cheered! They made a great team each sharing the tasks of filling the wheelbarrow and leveling the bed.

While some children were moving dirt, others added mulch to the garden sign bed. We discussed how mulch will keep the weeds down and hold moisture in. While working the children noticed our mini sunflowers in the front of the bed are developing their flower heads. We also noticed something has been munching the morning glory leaves. We didn't see any pests but saw the evidence so will keep our eyes peeled for the culprit. 

This group also got to make their garden journals. To make things interesting we had them go on a garden scavenger hunt and document their finds in their journals. Some of the things they needed to find were an annual, a perennial, a flowering vegetable, a beneficial insect, a pest insect, and companion plants. The annuals in the garden are sunflowers, marigolds, and morning glories. The perennials so far are peony, iris, sedum, and coneflower. While the 3 Sisters are companion plants, only the corn is sprouting so far. It took the children a while to realize that the morning glory has wrapped itself around the sunflower in the back of the sign bed. They didn't realize that flowers could be companions to each other as well.

It is heartwarming to see the children get enthusiastic about this project. They come to Garden Club excited and ready to work. The brunt of all the work has been done by the children. We are so very proud of their efforts and hope they realize how their hard work is soon going to pay off in a big way.

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