Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Is it really almost winter break!!!?

Hello garden friends!

I hope that you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and are ready to learn lots of new things in school and in the garden before the next holiday!

It has been a busy time for the garden, many of our summer and fall plants have lost their leaves and have been pulled out, making room for or winter crops.  We say "see you next year" to the okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, peppers and some of the other herbs, and we say "hello!" to broccoli, cauliflower, pak choi, kale, lettuce, carrots, beets, raddish and more!  If you have been out to the garden lately you can see much has changed.  Many of the beds are looking more spacious as we have removed some plants and will be planting new ones soon.

Also, almost all of the trees have been cleared from behind the school and has left the playground looking very stark and bare.  All the more reason to make our garden look even more lovely!  To this end, we will be making efforts to increase landscaping around the outside of the garden and have more benches to sit on.  If anyone enjoys the creative aspect of gardening please feel free to contribute!  This would also be a great time to do some painting in the garden if any teachers would like to do some more creative work in the garden please let me know!

Since 3rd grade had a short month in the garden it was not possible to get in our tasting experience in November, however we will make it happen!  As we will be pulling out the tomatoes before the next frost, I harvested all the tomatoes and we will watch them ripen in the classroom, then we will use our cilantro from the garden and make a delicious salsa and chips snack!

Kindergarden was also able to sample some of the garden goodness, making the famous garden soup!  They slurped up the savory mix of okra, green pepper, green beans, eggplant, tomatoes, chicken broth and pasta, it was a big hit with our little friends!

The garden club also got to work and enjoyed a lovely snack of dried herbs from our garden, mixed with olive oil and enjoyed with french bread, yummy!  Thanks to Ms. Heather Mendez, Mrs. Mann and Mrs. Burgess!

I look forward to working with 2nd grade in the garden this month, even on these cool days there is much to see!

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
cuke on the vine

our poinsettia starts to turn red!

the very bare playground...

yummy parsley and cucumber!

the poinsettia will be in full red color soon!

pak choi and cauliflower are loving this cool weather!

broccoli, carrots and kale are getting bigger each day!

even the rainbow chard is making a comeback!

happy marigolds mixing with cilantro and mint, yumm!

the end of this seasons basil bush!  until next time!

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