Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New year Reynolds Armadillos!

It is amazing that we are almost a full month into 2015!  I hope that you all had a good break and are embracing this crisp and chilly weather, as it will not be long before we are in the long hot days of summer.

Since our last post the garden has seen many exciting changes and activities despite the slower growth of winter.  We planted many cold weather plants, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, pak choi, artichoke, carrots, kale, lettuce, asian greens and much more!  All is growing fantastically and it will be exciting to sample the veggies once they are ready!  We also found some critters munching on the leaves of our plants, so we introduced lady bugs into the garden, a natural pest control as they eat aphids and other tiny insects that grow up to become harmful to the plants.  You cannot see them now as they are staying warm inside the interior leaves of the plants!

Also third grade did a great job of their short month in the garden and watched the last of the tomato harvest ripen in their classroom and ate them once they were ready.

Second grade also had a short month in the garden and recently made great use of a bag full of broccoli, kale, pak choi, cilantro, parsley and oregano.  They made a tasty soup and smoothies!  This was all done by the initiative of the second grade teachers so be sure to ask them what they made and how it tasted!

The garden club along with Mrs. Mann's first grade class also munched on some fresh pak choi, which is a crunchy mild tasting  veg that is full of water, first graders enjoyed it "naked" and the kids in the garden club enjoyed it with some ranch dip.

If you would like your students to come out to the garden for an activity or a tasting event please let me know!  

Beginning in February it will be first grades chance to look after the garden!

As spring in Texas comes soon, we are already thinking about what to plant, next on the list are potatoes!  If your class would like to learn about how we grow potatoes please reach out and set up a time to explore!

Happy Friday!

Cabbage and pak choi, yum!

Our newest residents, lady bugs.

Using garden items as stencils using spray paint, lets add color to the garden!!!

A splash of color, making patterns using a leaf and a stick!

Marigolds and cilantro are happy together.

Freshly planted artichoke and asian greens, watch them grow!

A baby broccoli

A beautiful array of colors and textures!

Bigger and bigger!

The cauliflower begins its journey.

The artichoke and greens are getting bigger!

Carrots, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke and asian greens.

Testing to see how the carrots are doing, not ready yet, this one is purple!!!

Second grade turned this bag into some delicious food!

Growing every day!

In another month this will be all filled in!

Come harvest some lettuce for your lunch or a green smoothie!