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!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

Today is meteorological spring! While it's not quite the season of spring (astronomical spring), which happens on March 20th, it does mean that temperatures will start to trend warmer, and we are excited to get back out into the garden to put our hands in the soil!

We have already started some of the cold crop and flower seeds, getting them ready to be transplanted as soon as the beds thaw out.

Kale seedlings in soil blocks

Marigold seeds germinating on the heat mat

Romaine Lettuce "Freckles"

"Blue Curled Scotch" Kale

Most of the seeds we grow come from the garden. We have been saving our own seeds for several years now, growing varieties for flavor and yields. Not only does this practice save you money each year but the crops grow better because they have been adapted to your garden (pest resistance, drought tolerance, etc) and you end up with healthier crops.

Seeds saved from the garden,
Kale (left), Scallion (middle), and Chocolate Runner Beans (right)

Garlic harvested in July, dried and re-planted in November 2018.

The garlic are just starting to poke through the leaves.

There are lots of activities planned for the garden this year! 
We have been working throughout the winter putting together ideas to make this year packed with fun activities to utilize the garden and can't wait to get started on some of the exciting things we have planned. It's shaping up to be a busy year in the garden, so stay tuned!