Just as the summer gardening activities are winding down, the school year brings on a new momentum and subtle encouragement to plan for the winter. What’s the after school garden club been up so far?
– Planting Garlic… first time to dig in the soil, added some compost and now just waiting for the green tips to emerge
– Making Salsa… All the ingredients were in the garden just needed the buy the chips. The kids now expect food at each class!
– Clearing a “past due” bed of sunflowers and digging the soil to turn in compost. Then broadcast sowing of fava beans (unfortunately found out they had weevils!) and vetch (for good luck).
– Digging potatoes with the plan to cook them on a rainy day.
Upcoming Plans for Garden Club and Open Garden Hours on Mondays 5-6pm.
– Harvesting dried seed from flowers around the garden to make our own flower seed mixes.
– Building up the worm compost bin to ensure mass through the winter (the split tomatoes should help with that)
– Building another compost pile with food from after school meal program and garden stuff (dying plants, weeds, etc)
– Eating our Brassica’s (Broccoli, Kale, etc)
– Covering our lettuce bed to make a small cloche to help them grow through the winter.
What are you planning for your winter garden?
Here’s a pic of some of the summer garden club kids from the boys and girls club summer school that ran July 5th through August 5th this year. Look closely to see the worms being eaten! (gummy worms that is…)
Thanks to the garden club for keeping the garden watered during the week and for eating some of our produce!
Lincoln K-8’s After School Garden Club seeks volunteers in Corvallis, OR. As a 4H Wildlife Steward School we have access to 4H resources of which there are many.
Do you like to work with kids? Can you share time to work with a 3rd – 5th grader?
We are looking for enthusiastic mentors to help the garden club maintain the school garden while learning life skills (planning, organizing, self-esteem, group work, communication, reading, writing, math, etc). We aspire to use the experiential learning model where kids lead their own learning and thus mentors will be working with one or two students at a time. We also hope that mentors will contribute to the overall project in whatever way inspires them (e.g. designing group activities, contributing garden design ideas, etc).
Location: Lincoln K-8 School 110 SE Alexander Ave (on SE 3rd st).
Date/Time: Mondays and Wednesday 4-5pm.
Starts: March 29th through June 9th.
For more info contact: Cheryl Good firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-757-7334