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, April 6, 2014

Let's Get Growing!

Here comes the garlic!
I thought Winter would never leave! I love cold and the snow but this year I got more than my fill. Maybe because I knew the Garden was waiting, just sitting there patiently. Unlike me, I've been pouring over seed catalogs, sorting our saved seeds and dreaming of the time when we could get our hands dirty again. Anxious to see spikes of green shooting through the rich, sweet soil. As it always does, in it's own good time, Spring has finally sprung! Upon inspection of the Garden this weekend we rejoiced in how much life is starting to come back to our much loved project. 

Bee Balm poking through.

Lamb's ears springing back to life.
Sedum bursting through the soil
The garlic, leeks, and onions we set in the Fall are greening up nicely and shooting towards the sun. In our center perennial bed many of the plants are starting to make a welcome appearance.
 The daytime temps have ranged from low forties to mid sixties. After the long stretch of sub zero winter temperatures, even forties feel like a heat wave! Since the Garden is situated due South the strong Spring sun has been warming the beds nicely. So far we have had ample rain keeping the well drained raised beds moist.

Our first Garden club will meet this week to start cleaning out the beds, cut back the dead portions of the perennials, direct sow some cold crops and check on the progress of the compost bins started in the Fall. Spoiler alert: We have created black gold!
Last Fall we won a generous grant from The Waterford Education Foundation and have received money from  The Oswegatchie School Organization to proceed with the building of a Garden shed and fence. As soon as the grounds thaw  some more Oswegatchie students will begin working on those projects. We have such wonderful things planned for the Garden this year and hope you continue to stop by to share the successes of our dedicated students.

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