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, July 23, 2014

29 Pounds and Counting!

29 1/4 pounds harvested today!
It's been a while since I've been in the Garden or created a post. We had a family emergency that put all things garden on hold. It was nice to finally get back into the Garden and get my hands dirty again. The children haven't been in the Garden for over a week and came back today full of excitement and enthusiasm as much had changed in their absence. I'd forgotten how uplifting their shouts of joy can be! They got back into the routine pretty quickly and got right to work.

The first thing children do when they get here in the morning is to walk around and observe any changes that may have occurred and explore the garden.

checking cucumber growth

measuring the tallest sunflower (it is as tall as Mr. Terry)

bug expedition
Many things were ready to be harvested with many more to follow shortly. Today they harvested cukes, garlic, and onions. To total came to 29 1/4 pounds! Soon we will have tomatoes, potatoes, corn, and spaghetti squash.

pulling garlic is hard work!

There was enough for everyone to harvest
The children almost get as big a thrill out of weighing the produce as they do picking it.

"The garlic smells yummy."

This is one of 5 we have growing.

Rob uncovered one to see how they are coming along.


Today we talked about seeds and the children we able to explore of the few that are forming in the Garden now. They decided it was okay if the finches share some of the sunflower seeds which led us to the discussion of how many kinds of seeds we actually eat. 

When the children explored freely, they discovered many interesting bugs. Their favorite was a pair that were "stuck together." When one of them declared "they're mating!" Someone else asked what that meant. Fortunately, another child piped up and said "making baby bugs, duh!"  Phew! I'm more comfortable leaving the "bugs and bees" talk to their own parents. :)

We are also in the process of planting our Fall crops. Today we were only able to get to kale. We also plan on putting in rutabagas, turnips, carrots, onions, lettuce, beets, swiss chard, spinach, asian greens, and wheat. Most of which the children will be able to enjoy when they come back at the start of the school year. 

planting kale
I can't believe there is only one more week left to the summer session! I hope it has been as enjoyable for the children as it has been for us. It has been quite the learning experience for us as well, every week we are revising and planning for next year! We would love to be able to open it up to more students. With more adult volunteers we may be able to.

a rogue teddy bear sunflower.

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