It has been so busy in the garden, we have not had the time to update the blog! Students at South Shore School have been hard at work to get the garden going this Spring. Raking away mulch, removing old plants, amending the soil with compost, going on bug hunts, starting seeds, monitoring plant growth…….the list goes on. The garden is showing the first signs of spring as hundreds of sprouts start to cover the once bare soil.
After learning about the ladybug life-cycle and being introduced to the concept of beneficial insects, Pre K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students faced cold windy days to start flower seeds in the garden. These flowers will attract beneficial insects to our garden ecosystem and provide endless bug hunt opportunities. They have also been caring for the tulips and garlic they planted in the fall. We weeded and added Cedar Grove compost to the soil as well as some wishes of good luck and whispered secrets.
1st-5th grade students have been participating in the important garden cycle of clearing out mulch from garden beds. They added the old leaves to the compost and then amended the soil with finished compost. They used math and science skills to take the soil temperature and determine what seeds they could start according to the temperature they determined. “Can we start tomato seeds in the garden?” NO. Each classroom planted 2 different varieties of a vegetable so that they can compare the different plants as they grow. We are now growing different varieties of peas, carrots, radish, lettuce, chard, beets, onions, kohlrabi, arugula, and kale. ALL STARTED FROM SEED! As the seeds have sprouted, students are measuring and monitoring the plant growth and working to care for their seedlings.