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, October 12, 2013

Gorgeous Autumn Day 10/12/13

It seemed too nice to not be outside today so we decide to start amending the garden beds with leaves. It turns out not as many leaves have fallen as I thought so we didn't get many in the beds. 
From experience we have found leaves to be the best compost material for the vegetable beds. They attract the worms and other organisms that benefit the soil and they break down quickly. Usually by the time the soil is workable in the early spring, most of the leaves have turned into black gold.

  We gathered the leaves from the back of the school building. So far we have only added leaves to the back two tilled beds in the garden but plan on adding leaf mulch to all of the beds once we have enough leaves.

 The sky was brilliantly blue  and the wind was scattering the butterfly weed seeds. I was hoping to catch them in flight. There is something about floating seeds that makes me feel like a kid again.

More seeds blowing in the wind! There is going to be an abundance of butterfly weed growing in the area next year. Hopefully it will attract more butterflies.

Butterfly of unknown species taking a sip on the last of the flowers.

I was able to capture this little guy sipping the nectar of the last few flowers in the perennial bed. I love how you can see his proboscis (tongue) sticking out to take a drink.
We were also able to harvest another 1/2 pound of red and white radishes. The harvest totals for our fall/winter garden are starting to climb. Before long the kale will start to come in. I plan on having a cooking/tasting party for our Garden Club so they can get a hands on experience of harvesting and cooking something they may not have tried before.

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