Archive for the ‘Learning Garden’ Category

The Trick to Harvesting Vegetables at the Perfect Time

Friday, July 12th, 2013
Fresh veggies everywhere! My six year old and I finished picking all of the peas, broccoli, and cauliflower yesterday.  (more…)

Learning Garden 16: From the Learning Garden to the Cafeteria

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Would your child willingly eat coleslaw or a radish? If they are involved in gardening, they would! Through our school’s learning garden, all of our students are tasting and eating new vegetables they’ve never liked before. You should hear the parking lot conversations between moms! They are astonished to hear their child request radishes for dinner! Seriously… radishes! Our students are learning how delicious fresh vegetables are. They are excited to try new vegetables because they have ownership and interest in what they have grown in their garden. They are making the connection between soil, seed, science, and their own food supply. (more…)

Learning Garden 15: Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow

Friday, November 9th, 2012
Have you ever opened a package of seeds and been surprised by how tiny the seeds are? I am always amazed at how that seed can produce a bountiful harvest of tomatoes or grow into a forty-foot oak tree. Every seed is unique and full of life! It just needs a few things in its environment to make it grow: sun, water, soil, nutrients, and air. (more…)

Learning Garden 14: How do you say thank you?

Monday, October 15th, 2012
How do we say thank you to the grantees, sponsors, parents, volunteers, community members, teachers, and staff, which helped build a $45,000 outdoor classroom and learning garden? There are so many to thank that we decided to have a Garden Gala. The purpose was to provide the opportunity for the invested parties to see the finished garden hear first-hand how the students and teachers have embraced this new classroom. (more…)

Learning Garden 13: First Harvest

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Twenty days after planting tiny radish seeds, the second graders harvested bright red radishes. Radishes are a great first crop; they sprout and grow quickly. Not much for delayed gratification but instant success! The students stood at the edge of the raised bed and pulled their very own radish. They were curious, intrigued, and fascinated with how a tiny seeds grew into a red round vegetable. An excellent example of the natural process of plant growth and development, where the combination of sun, soil, nutrients, water, and air can produce a consumable substance. (more…)

Learning Garden 12: Teach the Teacher

Saturday, September 8th, 2012
As you can see, the learning garden has sprouted:   I have found that many teachers want to incorporate a learning garden into their curriculum but do not know how to garden. This is not a big issue for the teachers if they collaborate with an experienced gardener, horticulture agent, garden club, or master gardener to help train the teachers. Within a school district and community, I bet there is at least one gardener who would be willing to train the teachers on the basics. (more…)

Learning Garden 11: Planting Day

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
In our learning garden, we finally added the most important feature: our students! (more…)

Learning Garden 10: How Does Your School’s Garden Grow?

Friday, August 17th, 2012
Contrary to popular belief, carrots do not come from a plastic bag and lettuce is not grown in the supermarket. To help dispute this growing myth, schools, like mine, are showing students exactly where their food comes from – by turning the classroom into a garden. (more…)

Learning Garden 9: Rain Barrels

Monday, June 18th, 2012
The day after installing rain barrels at the school, it rained! It was a thrill to turn the faucet and see the water flow out. A rain barrel is nothing more than a container that collects rainwater from rooftops. This low-cost conservation technique saves water and decreases storm water runoff. (more…)

Learning Garden 8: Plant Selection

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
School’s out for the summer, however, I am still going to the school every day as construction on the outdoor classroom and learning garden continues. This week, we went to the local nursery to pick out fruit trees. Choosing what and where to plant takes research and thought. I have compiled a list of things we took into consideration when we selected the plants that will transform the courtyard into a platform for hands-on learning through nature. (more…)

Learning Garden 7: Raised Beds

Monday, May 14th, 2012
I had the pleasure of taking my five-year-old to “Kindergarten Round-Up” (and for another blog, I will tell you why we were tardy - not winning mother of the year that morning)! This event was pretty exciting for my Pre-K girl and emotional for me. How do they grow up so fast and right before our eyes? The future kindergarteners walked independently to the classroom for screening, while the parents got a tour of the school and some words of advice from the principal and counselor. Now let me remind you, we have been attending the school for five years; I thought this was going to be a waste of my time. However, it turned out to be very inspiring. During the middle of the tour, we were escorted to the outdoor classroom and learning garden, of which I was introduced as the leading expert - ego boost! The principal explained how we obtained funding, a brief description of where we were in the construction process, and what the final learning garden would look like. It was awesome to see the expression of excitement on the kindergarten parents’ faces; I was not expecting this kind of reaction. Their comments were supportive and affirming of our desire to bring such a classroom to our students. (more…)