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 20, 2015

Dirty Hands, Happy Hearts

My Mom always used to say that you could tell how much fun you had by how dirty you were at the end of the day. If this week's Garden club is any indication, they all had a blast! 
While they were getting dirty, they planted tomatoes, basil, artichoke, walking stick kale, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, bush beans and sunflowers. They worked hard clearing a pumpkin patch, and tasted the sprouts they started last week.

Seedlings ready to go in.

More seedlings.
I love how this club is really starting to work like a team to get things done. They communicated really well with each other to get the tasks accomplished.

Getting a pumpkin bed dug is hard work but this team persevered and got the task done.

I love proving time and again that when children take part in the process of growing their food, they are more likely to try new things and enjoy them as well.

Enjoying alfalfa sprouts

"These are yummy"
At every club we try to provide time for quiet reflection and journal entries. What we are really doing is incorporating literacy but they don't need to know that!

The perennial beds are becoming quite impressive. One child dubbed the center perennial bed "the heart of the Garden because you can tell there is a lot of love here."

After the snow delays this winter caused, we are finally back into building mode. The garden shed is nearly complete. We only have to put on the door, roof, and siding. Right after we get that done, construction on the greenhouse can begin.


peppers, sunflowers, oregano

walking stick kale (will grow over 6 feet tall)
I hope we can encourage you go to out and get messy with your own kids!
Happy Gardening!!

Water droplet on kale

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