Watching Our Garden Grow

It’s been about 7 weeks since the last garden video. Take a look at how our garden has grown…

New Compost Bin

Our garden has a new compost bin which will allow us to turn garden waste, fruit and vegetable scraps into rich fertile compost… And here’s a nice little video tutorial about organic composting…

Take Out for Lunch

After a fun morning in the garden with the younger kids, I decided to have some ‘take out’ for lunch… I took some lettuce out of the garden and made this…

What’s Growing?

Our Spring crops are growing nicely and the older children had a treat today… they got to harvest and eat three different types of lettuce – Romain, Red Leaf and Butter. Here are the Butter and Red Leaf lettuces… We have five nice size tomatoes on the vines… More sunflowers are growing… Florida Broadleaf Mustard…

Garden Tour

Enjoy this little iPhone video of our garden. Watch for our ‘guardian snakes’ hard at work!

Failure and Perseverance

If you’ve ever turned a shovel of garden soil, planted a seed and waited patiently for results, this quote from poet and novelist May Sarton will ring true… “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” These past few months, our garden has been full of losses….

Sprouts!

Mother Nature has been kind to us lately… beautiful sunny days, cool nights and plenty of rain. As a result, our spring garden is starting to sprout! The squash sprouts just exploded out of the soil after the rain on Wed 2/22… The spinach sprouts are also making an appearance. You’ll notice our plastic snakes…

Marigolds

These bright orange Marigolds have been a nice addition to the garden bed near the building. In addition to providing a burst of color, these pungent musky scented flowers are said to help to repel a variety of garden pests both above ground (i.e. mosquitoes, beetles) and underground (nematodes).

Why Should Kids Garden?

What does a garden add to a school’s learning environment? Isn’t the primary goal to teach kids reading, writing and arithmetic? Isn’t a waste of valuable instructional time to have the kids out digging around in the dirt? According to many experts, just the opposite is true! A report from the College of Design at…

Sugar Snap Peas

One of the success stories from our early planting is our sugar snap pea crop. These little guys got off to a slow start due to the lack of rain in the Fall, but within the past month they have really taken off. An early winter move also seemed to agree with them – they…

Herb Garden

Our little Spring Herb Garden has found its home on the south side of the 8′ bed. The bed gets about 6 hours of full sun in the morning, and the building will block the hot afternoon sun. Our herb garden contains Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme, Fennel and Oregano.

Viola Flowers

Viola flowers (also known as Pansies) are a wonderful addition to our garden. These tough little customers add color and style! According to Wikipedia, a German fable tells how the Pansy lost its perfume… “Originally pansies would have been very fragrant, growing wild in fields and forests. It was said that people would trample the…