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, September 1, 2013

Switching Gears

The summer growing season may be winding down  but we are still plugging along in the Garden at Oswegatchie School. Today we planted the winter garden. Threat of rain kept people away. That didn't stop my dedicated family from doing what needed to be done. We planted four of the raised beds with mesclun mix (greens), mustard greens (mizuna), mesclun spicy mix (greens), braising mix (greens), kale, lettuce (green salad bowl), lettuce (tango), lettuce (royal oakleaf), pink beauty radish, white beauty radish, early wonder beets, amaranth, ruby streak greens, asian greens,  and hon tsai tai (asian greens). We believe that this varied crop will give children a chance to taste things they may have never tasted before. It will also give them more of a chance to explore the garden during the extended growing season. 

We have also added more educational features to our Garden by adding a rain gauge, thermometer, and produce scale. All of these items have easy to read, kid-friendly designs that will allow students to use them independently with ease.

Rain gauge and solar powered thermometer.

produce scale
We managed to eek out another 4 pounds of produce this morning that included peppers, tomatoes, and a butternut squash.

While walking around photo documenting the Garden I came upon a really cool creature called a praying mantis. He (or she) was about 6 inches long, tan-ish brown on it's back and green underneath. This creature is amazing because it eats the bad bugs that are invading our Garden. More information about the praying mantis can be found here.

We can expect to start harvesting the fruits of today's labor in about 20 days. After we add the mini-greenhouses we can harvest the greens all through the winter as most of the plants will keep producing after being picked. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing sweeter than fresh greens in the dead of winter. Until next time, enjoy some of the beauty still thriving in the Garden.

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