Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring has sprung!!

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

Hello Reynolds gardeners!

The year is speeding by and it is already in full spring bloom!  If you come and see the garden you will see that it is teeming with change, new life and growth!  We have taken out the old and planted the new.  For our spring and summer season we have started to grow potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, okra, artichoke, onions, basil, parsley, cilantro, oregano, sage, squash, cucumber, cantelope and watermelon!!!  The potatoes are already well on their way and were all planted by our first graders and the garden club.  The kids learned that the plant grows from a seed potato, where they first had to cut out the sprouted "eye" of the potato and plant it in the ground, then as it grows new soil must be mounded around the plant so it can continue to grow new potatoes.

We have had a few new and exciting developments, the most visually exciting and impressive is our new mural that was completed by Mrs. Miller with the help of Mrs. Burgess and Mrs, Malloy and with the artistic hands of many students, please take a moment to come out and see their work, you will be happy you did!!!

Also, we have been working on forming a partnership with the Horticulture program at Wunsche High School and we are excited to have them come out and speak to our garden club at our next meeting.  This will hopefully be the beginning of a great relationship where the Juniors and Seniors can bring their knowledge to our students and we can our students can share their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn in return.

Our plans for the remainder of the year are to host a "open garden" during the spring carnival.  Last year we had some lovely fresh watermelon basil juice, and some fresh sampling of green beans!

The most exciting project will be for students from the garden club to host a market stand at the Grogans Mill Farmers Market, where they will price and sell the produce as well as share information regarding the benefits of school gardens.  The students from Wunsche will be working on this project with us!

We also had some interest from Spring ISD regarding the garden and they sent someone to come and video and take photos of some of our garden events.  The Houston Chronicle also contacted us, wanting to hear more about our garden.  Good news travels fast!  I will be sure to let you know when the final pictures, video or print are available.

I send out an email earlier this week asking if any other classes would like to do something special with the garden, it can be a cooking event, poetry, reading, observing, or just a simple visit to see what is going on?!  Please let me know what time is good for your class!

I look forward to seeing you in the garden!

Maryah Nijim Roberts
A cilantro transplant, yum!

A growing peach

Peaches and more peaches!

The lovely mural!

What a difference some creativity can make!!!

The lady bug is a helpful garden insect.

Our blue bonnets are blooming!

New pepper and squash plants!

Happy potatoes!

Yummy artichokes!

The fig tree returns and already has figs on it!

Perfect harmony of art and nature!