We helped the second graders plant their brussel sprouts and kale yesterday, and we were each paired with three kids. Mine were all girls, two were really happy about gardening and being my partner, and the other one wouldn’t say anything, I think she was a little nervous. We got to our spot in the garden and I made them wait a really long time to start planting because there’s only so many trowels to go around because the person next to us took a long time with hers. When we finally got the trowel, I measured where to put the plants, one foot apart so they had room to grow, and put each cup there. Then I asked whose cup was the first one, and I dug a little hole in the soil. Next I took the dirt and plant out of the cup and put it in the hole, and patted the soil on top. I did the same with the next two. I went to go fill up the Chick-fil-a cup with water and gave it to one of the girls to water their plant with. I did the same with another girl. Somewhere during this time the third girl went back inside, and I couldn’t find her, so I had to water her brussel sprouts myself. They seemed to enjoy it, though I wish I would had let them do more, to make their experience more fun. It was really fun to see them enjoying themselves, though. But I thought it was funny that after we left for the day, the teachers had to redo everything because we did almost everything wrong.
By: Max Doran
Yesterday we planted Brusel Sprouts and Kale with the Second graders. Some of the second graders didn’t want to get their hands dirty or touch the soil. The plant spacing was thrown off from the difficulty of attending to precision and the overall quality of our work was most likely lacking. One of the kids I was working with didn’t even have a plant in their cup. Once we got the plants into the soil it was time to water. So we filled up our cup and I let the Second graders water the plants that they helped plant. Some kids didn’t spread out the water to the plant and some just flooded the soil and not the plant. But, working with the kids was fun because of some of their reactions and they handled it pretty well working in the garden and participating to see how their Kale and Brusel Sprouts would grow.
By; Brooklyn Gowan
We planted brussels sprouts and kale that the 2nd graders have been working hard on growing. We were supposed to plant the plants 12 inches apart so they had enough room to grow healthy. We thought we did really good but later we found out that our teacher had to replant a lot of the vegetables because the second graders had a little bit of difficulty with measuring. Two students mixed up their plants because a girl forgot to put hers in the garden bed. Then we had to switch their plants so they would both get to plant something in the garden. I also had a girl that didn’t want to get dirty so I planted hers for her. My last 2nd grader helped me water the plants but she poured the water in a circle around the plant and then we ran out of time so she had to leave. So I ended up watering the plants by myself. It got difficult at times but the second graders had a lot of fun getting to plant their vegetables in the garden and it was fun watching them get so excited.
Yesterday we were working with second graders and we were helping them plant their two plants they grew as part of their science curriculum. The three kids I was working with were doing most of the work and I was mostly letting them do the work which was a little bit of a mistake . Things got chaotic. The kids were very good at digging. When we finally got to putting the plant in the soil one accidentally slipped and it fell upside down. So I had to try and save it which I somehow did. When we finally got all the plants in the ground we had to cover up the other parts around the stem. Which the kids interpreted to mean cover everything. So when they finished burying the plant which later I had to dig the plant up and fix it. Finally we got done watering and the kids went inside. In all everything went well except for a couple mishaps. I’m glad the kids had fun and I can't wait to see the progress of their plants.
By: Nate Cox
2nd Grade Gardeners By Addie: Stoterau
Yesterday I worked with two second graders in the garden by planting their glorious kale plants. Both of my kids plants had sprouted two plants in their cups. Th kids seemed really excited and wanted to know what would happen to their plants later. One of my kids didn't want to do anything but pour water all over the plants. She wasn't that good at getting it near the plants but what can you do. The other wanted to help but didn't really know what to do. I had to kind of encourage them to help. I had to do most of the work and my kids mainly watched me and other second and sixth graders. My kids helped pat the plant into the ground and one girl helped dig the holes for both plants. I to fix a few things when they weren't looking but it was pretty good for the most part. We (me especially) got pretty dirty too. Overall we had fun planting the new plants in the garden.
By: Grace Sherman
We got to plant Kale and Brussels Sprouts with the second graders who started growing them in their classrooms. When we got to our garden we first measured 1 ft from the other plants so that they had enough room to grow. We then dug 2 holes for the 2 plants and I asked the kids which one they thought was the better one to plant because they had 2 plants in there cup. When the kids decided we planted the plant and I asked the kids if they wanted to pat down the soil. As they were patting it down they started making a hill on the plant so I stepped in and made the soil leveled. The 2 kids grabbed water for their plants and very slowly poured the water over the plant. When they went inside we picked up all the tools. After working with the 2nd graders I learned that you have to be patient if you want things to turn out well.
Bean My Friend? By: Brooklyn Gowan
Beans are like kids. They enjoy each other's company. Companion planting is a great way to have more space in your garden and to have your plants use each other to grow more efficiently. Here are few vegetables that grow well together:
Broad beans and corn: The beans help to anchor the corn into the ground more firmly acting as a protection against the wild, such as wind, animals, etc.. Their heavy vine growth can also act as a defense to a raccoon. The beans climb the stalk effectively to reach the sun light.
Bush beans and potatoes: The beans protect the potato from the Colorado potato beetle. The Colorado potato beetle is a yellow beetle with black stripes with an orange head. It can eat all of the leaves on your potato plant. The potato protects the beans from the Mexican bean beetle. The Mexican bean beetle is copper colored beetle with black spots that eat the leaves. The vegetables naturally protect each other from the beetles.
Mother Earth News. .130 (February-March 1992): p48.
Copyright: COPYRIGHT 1992 Ogden Publications, Inc.
By: Max Doran
Do you know that Compost can make your Garden healthier? Compost is made out of things such as flowers, grass, hay, tree leaves, manure, soil, and many more things. Compost is used to fertilize the soil. Compost can be used in variety of places like home gardens, lawns, flower beds and greenhouses. Compost is broken down by the decomposing microorganisms inside of it, as compost decomposes it slowly becomes humus. It may take about a month or two for all of the materials to break down. Worms, beetles, Mites, Slugs, and Snails are all great for compost, these bugs release nutrients to the humus.
Have you ever wanted to save the most space in your garden? I know a great way to, you could trellis. The trellis is a way to make the most out of your space for plants that grow up. There are plenty of plants you could trellis.The one I am going to talk about is the tomato trellis. I would advise you not to buy a store bought tomato cage from where you buy your gardening supplies because they are flimsy, too short, and to expensive. While if you buy concrete reinforcing mesh made of 9 gauge wire. They are inexpensive and more sturdy than store bought cages. To build the trellis you are going to have to find a diameter you prefer. A 24 inch diameter uses 6 feet of the mesh while a 18 inch diameter usee 5 feet of the mesh. Work with the roll vertically. When you need to cut the wire mesh use mini bolt cutters because they will do a more efficient job. When you first start the roll the end will be closed. There will be a vertical wire cut, that off and keep it for other purposes. Like making ground staples for holding the row cover material in place. This will leave 11 horizontal prongs. Measure the length of wire mesh and cut it off behind the next vertical wire. You'll have a panel of mesh with a vertical wire on one side and 11 prongs on the other.Bend each of the prongs around 90 degrees to form hooks at their halfway point. Roll the panel of mesh so the hooks fit under the end of the wire. Then bend them completely back so they lock in place around the wire. Finally cut the bottom wire off, leaving a set of 6 inch wire legs on each tower. These will be enough to stabilize your trellis unless you have windy summer conditions. If you don’t think these legs are enough use the cut off bottom rings to make anchors as long as you need. If you do this you should not have to use any other type of bracing. I think you should give trellising a try because it's affordable and a easy way to save space in your garden.
Source: Using wire mesh in the garden: tidy trellises, sturdy tomato cages, even mini greenhouses -- here's how inexpensive wire mesh will make your gardening easier. (garden & yard)
Mother Earth News. (June-July 2002): p96.
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By: Ava Burmahl
When I say strawberry, what do you think of? A small red fruit, a berry made of straw, your favorite food? Whatever it is you think of, you know that strawberries are delicious and nutritious fruits that you can dip in whipped cream or sugar, to make it sweeter. I know a way to make strawberries taste more fresh and sweet without dipping them in sugar, and a more fun way to get them! You can plant your very own strawberries in your front yard, backyard, neighbor’s yard, anywhere there is plenty of sun and good soil. Probably not that last one. Most strawberries will adapt well to being grown in raised beds or planters. The strawberries will grow better, and it will be easier to pick them when they are ready. The soil you plant them in should have a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. The strawberry patch will last for 3 to 4 years if you take good care of it. When first planting the strawberries, you should plant them as early as 6 weeks before your last frost, so they can be ready in the summer. If you plant them in somewhere that is cold, you can use row covers to protect the plants from extreme cold temperatures and wind, so you could probably plant them in spring or fall. You should plant the strawberries that produce lots of runners 18 inches apart. Ones that don’t have any runners should be planted 12 inches apart in beds and 8 inches apart in containers. If you harvest in spring, the berries will taste soft and watery. If you harvest in the summer, you will have firmer, sweeter berries. You should harvest in the morning, and refrigerate the berries right away. Don’t wash the berries as you pick them, wash them right before eating and after refrigerating with cool water. For great color and taste, preserve the berries for three days, and you will have a healthy, delicious snack to eat!
All about growing strawberries
Mother Earth News. .248 (October-November 2011): p23.
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