October is here and school is back in full swing! We were all so excited to get back into the garden as the mild heat slipped into an autumn breeze. The mammoth sunflowers are HUGE, heavy with seeds, and both schools have some fun squash growing. With all the chaos that goes along with this special time of year, it has been great getting some quality planting time in with the students.
Ms. Monica Bhomik’s second grade class at Fort River created two new beds by sheet mulching with some compost and transplanted kale and bok choy into an existing bed. We direct seeded spinach and radish into the new beds, along with some baby parsley. It was a BLAST! The weather was beautiful and the kids were all so enthusiastic about going outside and getting their hands dirty.
As Ms. Monica’s class had been covering rock formation in class recently, it was a great opportunity to talk about some of the rocks we found in the soil with the second graders. We also took a walk around the garden, smelling some of the oniony lily family members and seeing the gourds ready for harvest. The gourds will definitely make some fun fall decorations in the classroom!
At Wildwood Elementary we extended two beds with more compost. We then got to work with a small group of kids from the after school program. We talked about what plants need to grow big and strong (soil, water, sun, and TLC!), compared different parts of the plant that we eat, and planted bok choy, kohlrabi, radish seeds, and spinach seeds. Even though it was one of the first cool weather fall days, everyone was happy to be outside and could not wait to water all the new plants that we get to watch grow throughout the season!
We hope to return to both schools sometime in late October to plant some garlic that will grow through the winter and talk about bulbs together!