Hello from the garden teachers!
We have been learning about leaf shapes, and about how soil is made from leaf mulch. Kids did a lot of hands on gardening this past week as we all worked together to move a big pile of beautiful wood chips.
The aromatic coniferous chips made a lovely mulch for our garden paths. We talked about how the core of the wood chip pile was very warm, hot enough even to see steam rising from the center. This is how compost is made, by creating conditions for microbes to begin to break down the organic matter.
These past few weeks we...
-found leaves in various shapes to learn about leaf identification
-spread woodchips in the garden pathways, under the majestic plum tree, and under our little fig trees
-talked about hot compost and how microbes help us break down organic matter
-added more carbon to our compost bins
-designed our dream gardens
-swept up the leaves in the kitchen courtyard garden
-planted mums, pansies, and violas
-weeded and cleaned up daily
-digging in the herb patch
-had scavenger hunts for all the different foods we grow in the garden
-talked about our favorite salads and made salad recipes
-planted a row of sunchokes
-cared for our “tropical” garden in the stairwell of lemongrass, bananas, hibiscus
-cared for our indoor plants by misting their leaves and watering their soil
-transplanted spider plant babies and up-potted our houseplants
-sorted our seeds
-had indoor art time (painting, crafting)
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Mel and Jess