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 23, 2014

Garden happenings...

Now that the weather is turning colder, not too much is growing in the garden. Most of the vegetables have been harvest and the remaining flower heads have all been picked clean by the birds.

The kale that was planted during the summer garden session is still growing strong and has a very hearty flavor thanks to the cold temperatures. With row covers we should be able to harvest kale long after the snow starts to fall.

The carrots are also growing but a little slower than expected. We will also be covering them with row covers and hopefully be able to harvest some in December and January.

Several varieties of seeds were saved from the garden this summer and fall, including marigold, four varieties of beans, basil, lettuce, corn, sunflowers. oregano and morning glory. We are planning a meeting the 2nd or 3rd week of December to sort and package seeds for a seed sale. An email will be sent out when the date and time is finalized.

We also held a garden cleaning event about a week ago where we cleared the beds, pulled out the dead plants, dead-headed the perennials, and planted garlic which was saved from this summers garden. Thank you Alison and Travis for all of your help on that frigid day!

Construction of the garden storage shed has finally begun. This project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Waterford Education Foundation. It was originally planned for the summer, but because things were so hectic we just didn't have time to build it. 

Last weekend we put in the footings and built the base. And this weekend the walls and roof framing went up.

Scandinavian folklore suggests an evergreen tree or bough be put on the finished frame of a dwelling to thank and show respect to the wood spirits who were sacrificed to provide timber for the structure.

Next weekend we hope to have this project wrapped up so we can start building the greenhouse, so by
next spring all our structures in place and we can concentrate on growing! Stay tuned for information about our winter projects and activities.