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!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Weather Or Not, Here We Grow!

Seedlings planted 4/28/16!

Despite the cool dreary weather things are really starting to sprout in the garden and in the school library's growing station. The pumpkin seeds the students saved from last years Garden and planted in soil blocks are up 3 inches and are starting to get their second set of leaves. The squash seeds (also saved from last year's harvest) are taking a bit longer, but as of Friday, they are just starting to break through the soil. 

During the last Garden Club meeting we made ready the new boxes for our organic strawberries. We started off by reading the book The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac. 

In this Cherokee legend of how strawberries came into existence, the author tells of how the Cherokee people are reminded that kindness, respect, and friendship are as sweet as the red ripe strawberries. We thought this would be a fitting metaphor for the students at Oswegatchie to remember whenever they are working in the Garden. We purchased Jewel and Cabot organic strawberries from Johnny's Seeds.

The children worked really well together removing fresh compost from our bins and filling the boxes.

We had to add a little more organic soil to the boxes as there wasn't quiet enough compost to do the trick.

Unfortunately, that was about all they were able to get done before the skies opened up on them. We went back on Saturday and finished planting the strawberries.

With all of the rain we have had the past week, the perennials are starting to pop. It still hasn't been warm enough for the praying mantis egg cases to hatch but we are keeping a close eye on them.

Next week during Garden Club we plan on putting in the lettuce and kale seedlings the children started a few weeks ago. We are hoping the sun will decide to shine sometime soon. We sometimes worry that inclement weather will put the children off working in the Garden. However, the look on this face tells us fun is had whatever the weather brings!

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