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!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Busy, busy, busy!

Mrs.Dyjak started our session today by talking about different types of scents and flavors that come out of the garden. The children got to experience mint, lavender, garlic, vanilla, and cinnamon. We talked about what we can get from our garden verses what we get from other places. 

The children had a choice of flavoring their water today with either mint or lavender. Most preferred the mint. We also talked about experiencing your meals with all of your senses. How we enjoy our food more when it looks, smells, and tastes great. Even hearing food cooking can excite your taste buds.

Organic sprouted greens were added to the garden today
The Garden was a busy, busy place this afternoon. One of the first things the children did was plant a potato and bean bed. I never would have thought of putting the two together but according to Sally Jean Cunningam's book Great Garden Companions "Potatoes and beans always travel together as a family in my companion garden. The beans and potatoes share space well, and they repel or confuse some of each others' worst pest enemies." We decided to give it a try.

Conventional produce rots, organic produce sprouts.

In the middle of two beds we planted seed potatoes.
In the corners of the same beds we started beans.
Montcalm dark red kidney beans

Cannellino Lucchese beans
Instead of growing regular green beans this year we decided to grow Jacob's cattle, Red Mexican, Montcalm dark red kidney, cannellino lucchese, and black turtle beans.These types of beans are typically  used in soups, chili, and burritos.

Next the children got to work planting kale and swiss chard.

After that they planted a bed with tomato, basil and sunflowers. The basil will make the tomatoes tastier and according to Sally Jean Cunningham, the sunflowers go well visually.

As always, the children were eager to add to their growing fairy garden. They were able to stroll through Oswegatchie's beautiful nature trail to gather materials.

This time of year is so exciting because changes happen lightning fast in the garden.
The sunflowers we planted last week have sprouted.

The butterfly weed has grown 6 inches since last week!

The garlic is growing like a weed.

The peas have grown 2 inches since last week.

All of the perennials planted last year are making a beautiful comeback. We just got our Monarch Way station certification and should have our certificate shortly. If all goes according to plan, our fence will be up this weekend and the shed by the end of the month.

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