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!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Garden Update 7/22/13

We harvested another 8 pounds of veggies from the Garden. I'm pleased with how well our little beds are producing. I'm not so pleased with the pests that keep plaguing our plants. Today we had to rip out all of the remaining zucchini plants. They had an infestation of some type of stem boring insect that annihilated the whole bed. We are going to treat the bed (organically) and let the soil rest for a little bit before planting anything else there. While we are disappointed this happened, it just proves that we need to get more healthy organic matter into our soil. All in good time.

On a positive note, the corn is now almost taller than Rob and we have our first tassels which means we will have corn soon! 

More noteworthy news; our butterfly attracting plants are attracting butterflies! Friday we spotted this Red-spotted Purple basking in the sunshine and sipping nectar. I'm not sure why it is called a Red-spotted Purple as it does not have red spots nor is it purple but all of the books I have on butterflies indicate that as the species.

We usually go to the Garden before 7 a.m. and don't have the opportunity to see many butterflies at that time of day. On Friday we went later in the day and were fortunate to witness this beautiful butterfly. I'm sure if you are in the Garden in the afternoon you may have the opportunity to witness the butterflies that come by the Garden for a snack.

So, despite the awful heat and frustrating pests, the Garden is doing remarkably well for it's first year. I spoke to Mr. Ozmun (our new principal) last week and he is on board for starting a school-wide composting program. That will help the soil tremendously! 

This guy has his eye on the lettuce. It's a good thing he can't reach it!


  1. The garden looks fantastic!! We have lost squash beds to pests before. Battling squash bugs and vine borers can seem like a real battle each summer. Losing the plants after trying so hard to conquer the pests can be so heartbreaking. I'm glad to see that you have a beautiful harvest to offset the disappointment. I can't wait to see that first ear of corn! . I'm off to share your post with the members of The 1840Farm Community!

    Jennifer @1840Farm

    1. Thank Jennifer! We are pleased with how well the garden is doing in it's first year. We didn't really expect much because we haven't built up the soil structure yet, but despite the pest problems, which we did expect, we are very pleased with the results.

      Ironically, we haven't had a single pest in our home garden this year. I didn't use row covers when putting in the transplants and I haven't done any compost tea sprays like I usually do. I think it has to do with our two Peking ducks patrolling the yard!