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!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Beginning a New Season

Veggie man!

On this gorgeous crisp day with a twinge of Fall in the air we decided to take a peek at the Garden to see if our Winter garden seeds have sprouted yet. We couldn't resist picking the last of the tomatoes and found quite a few red peppers as well. We enjoy finding the whimsy in nature, we couldn't help put together this Veggie Man when we picked his red pepper mouth. He just seems to encompass how we feel about this whole project; joyful, if not a little frazzled at times!

It was a little disheartening to see that some of the last of the tomato harvest was wasted when someone picked a bunch and smashed them on the guardrail separating the garden from the parking lot. Picking them to eat them is one thing, but to waste them so blatantly was uncalled for when we are trying to teach respect for nature. I know, it was only a few tomatoes you say. What's the big deal? The big deal is once we start playing the "it's only..." game, things escalate quickly. I can only hope that it was "only" a few tomatoes because the culprits were caught and reprimanded. Enough said.

On a positive note, the winter veggies are sprouting! Everything we planted is coming up. These cool nights are providing the perfect conditions for it to thrive.

The hardest part is waiting. Looking back on the pictures of the summer garden's progress, I know that it is only a matter of a few short months and we will be harvesting bountiful greens and roots! Now that everything has sprouted it will grow quickly.

We are still waiting for some of the peppers to turn red. We will have about another dozen in a couple of weeks. 

We got to test out our new rain gauge last week. I was surprised by the reading though, I thought with the downpours we had, the gauge would be overflowing.

Our praying mantis friend is still around. We may have to give it a name. There must be a lot of food for it to be hanging around so long. Some cultures believe the praying mantis is a sign of good fortune, others see it as a message of stillness and creativity. Either way, it makes me happy to see him hanging out in the Garden.

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