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!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 25, 2013

Some of the helpers with our 47 pound harvest!

Today was a wonderfully productive day in the Garden. We'd like to thank the Tuckwood, Long, Ciren, McNeil, Fraser, Maynard, and DiBuono families for all of your help. We were able to make ready the garden beds to be used for the winter garden, weed, water, trim, and harvest 47 pounds of delicious veggies! 20 pounds of it was tomatoes! Today's harvest brings our seasonal total to a whopping 140 pounds of produce from our little 500 square feet of garden  space. I'm thinking we may attain our goal of supplying food for the cafeteria sooner than we anticipated. 

It's true what they say that many hands make light work. With all the help we had today, our "chores" were done in no time! I loved seeing the looks on the faces of the children who haven't seen the Garden since June. My favorite quote from a child today was "Whoa, this is awesome how big it got! Can I taste some stuff?" To which a resounding "YES, absolutely!" was my reply.

Harvesting butternut squash and string beans.

Using the push mower to neaten between the rows.

Getting the bed ready for the Winter Garden.

Some children were more eager to taste test than others. We had a dare situation involving the hot peppers. When the challenge was finally accepted, we realized the peppers we thought were hot weren't. We had no takers to try the ones we knew for a fact were! The cherry tomatoes were a big hit, however, the "Oh my gosh, I can't believe this is so delicious award" goes to 1840 Farm's sweet corn. You can read the corn's seed to harvest tale here at Bepa's Garden.

Snacking on cherry tomatoes.

Tasting corn right off the stalk!

"I can't believe how delicious this is!"

"Sweet! I'm gonna eat this whole thing, can I?"
The traditional growing season may be coming to an end but we are gearing up for our Winter Garden. In the past Rob and I have successfully grown greens all winter long using the cold frames Rob designed. At the school we would like to start lettuce, kale, chard, beets, radish, and choi. We are only going to plant a couple of beds as a test to see what winter's well at the school. For our friends that like to build things, we are planning on building the compost bins, a couple more tables, and hopefully a shed before the snow flies. In early September we will be having and informational meeting for anyone who wants to be involved in the Garden this school year. Last school year we didn't have many adult volunteers so we had to limit the number of children who were in the clubs. This year we are hoping to be able to accommodate all the children who want to join. Watch for a date for that meeting.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Biggest Harvest Yet!

13 pounds harvested today!

We harvested 13 pounds of veggies today! That brings our seasonal total to 85 pounds!!! We have been experiencing cooler than usual nights so the tomatoes are starting to show some stress but we are confident we will still be able to eek out a few more pounds. The corn is nearly ready and we have about a dozen butternuts ripening on the vines. The string beans are still producing abundantly and once the peppers ripen we will have a plethora of those as well. We are a little behind planting the winter garden as our work day was rained out. We will try again this weekend. School starts in a couple of weeks and I can't wait to see the looks on the faces of those children who haven't seen the Garden since June. The transformation is incredible.

The morning glories are loving the cool weather.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Taste The Rainbow!

10 pound harvest today!!!!
As predicted we have tomatoes coming out of our ears! Today's total harvest was 10 pounds of veggies bringing the seasonal total to a whopping 71.5 pounds harvested so far !!! Not bad for a first year start up garden. The biggest surprise today in the Garden, (other than someone coming in to weed, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,) was to see our first pumpkin pie pumpkin. That means Fall is right around the corner. We also harvested yellow cherry tomatoes which were a little surprising since we didn't think those plants survived. Lettuce is abundant as well. This week we will try again to plan on a having a work/harvest day and get that winter garden planted as well as construction of our compost bins. Will keep you posted. For now enjoy some Garden Scenes.

yellow cherry tomatoes

Salad anyone?

Trophy of our daughter's latest bug hunt.