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, April 29, 2015

First Garden Club of the Season

The weather was a little cool and breezy as we held our first Garden Club of the season. We had a great turnout with 18 students and 6 adults participating. After introductions and reminders about how to properly use the tools the children got right to work.

harvesting compost 
Last year the cafeteria workers collected fruit and vegetable scraps that we then added to our school compost bins. The students marveled at how it had composted down to dark, rich soil. "I remember when we put the scraps in, I didn't think this would ever happen!" "This is cool!" Clearly, the children were thrilled to see the full cycle of the compost process. The beautiful "black gold" was loaded with fat earthworms.

"let's call him worm-zilla!"
We used the fresh compost to amend the raised vegetable garden beds.


All of the students really pitched in doing their fair share of the work. They weeded the raised vegetable beds, helped remove debris from the center perennial bed, amended the raised beds with fresh compost, and then were able to discover all of the new spring growth taking place.

The children even got to taste the kale that over-wintered. I have never seen so many children eat and enjoy greens in my entire life! Everyone was thinking of pizza as they ran their hands over the perennial oregano and enjoyed its aromatic scent.

"I LOVE kale!!"
Bo the Bunny our new Garden mascot joined the fun.

This year's Garden Club is off to a fantastic start. We have some wonderful things planned for our school garden. We will also be posting more gardening tips and ideas here so others can enjoy their own gardens.

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