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, November 3, 2013

Planting Onions and Leeks

The onion and leek sets  arrived last week from Peaceful Valley Farms. We have found them to be the best supplier of organic seeds and sets. It was a little cool and windy but the whole family pitched in to get the job done. 

Sarah got the bed ready by lightly turning the soil. We were thrilled to see a copious amount of worms thriving in the soil.

Rob then got to work spacing the holes using the bio intensive method.

"I use the biointensive method for planting, which allows you to plant 4 times the amount in one-quarter of the area. Some great resources on biointensive planting are How to Grow More Vegetables and The Sustainable Vegetable Garden by John Jeavons of Ecology Action. The biointensive method includes double digging your beds, and planting in a honeycomb pattern to make better use of your planting area.  Double digging allows the plants roots to grow larger, giving them access to more food and water, providing for healthier plants and better yields. 
According to the charts in these books, onions should be spaced 4" apart."

(excerpt from Bepa's Garden)

Amanda got the onion sets ready by cutting them to three inch lengths while Rob and Sarah planted them. In the Spring when the onions start growing, we can thin them and use the thinned plants as scallions.

One full bed of onions
We used the same process for planting the leeks. 

planting the leeks in the other half of the garlic bed

To protect the sets from freezing and to add nutrients to the soil, we then covered the planted beds with chopped leaves.

Today was about 53 with a light breeze. We had about 1/4 inch of rain this week.
The parsley is still going strong and will continue to thrive over the winter. A critter of undetermined species has munched one of the greens beds down to the ground. It's a good thing we got our grant from the Waterford Education Foundation. We will be able to put the fence up shortly!

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