Grade 3 returned to the garden to start preparing the beds for planting. Shovels, pitch forks and the beloved double wide broad fork were a big hit. We had winter peas and winter wheat for cover crops that will get turned back into the soil for green manure (using plant material, typically cover crops, which are uprooted and turned back into the soil to serve as soil amendment) to nourish our soil.
Although we are deep in the winter season, a little bit of life jumped out of this box! SEEDS! I love seeds, I love spring. I know we all need to take time to sit back and reflect, rest and appreciate new growth. However, this is when it all begins while the earth is deeply sleeping and dreaming of what is to come in a few short months. Thank you Territorial Seed Company for starting our planning.
We are so happy to be starting a new year in the garden! It’s an exciting time to see so much change around the school, with peeks of green returning after the cold winter, and the kids able to run around in something besides snow pants!
We are working on many different areas of the garden this spring, including new raised beds! The beds are built using lasagna methods, also known as “no-dig” gardening or sheet mulching. On Helping Hands Day, many of our school dads worked hard layering newspapers, manure, compost, leaf mulch, peat moss, straw, and garden soil to make these amazing beds for our classes.
We are also working on our in-ground garden beds, in which we’ll be growing fruits and vegetables for school snacks, as well as flowers and herbs for our local pollinators.