All new to us and learning to work together, Mrs. Currie (Laurel), Penny Goodman, and me, Ms Sharon. Learning to garden in beds, sowing, tilling, planting, feeding, harvesting and sharing the harvest. Volunteer. Students, teachers, classrooms, science, art in the garden. Draw what we see.
I’m approaching this garden with the joy of plants, sharing in this garden with other knowledgeable gardeners and adding art to the garden. I’d list my ideas, but what if I can’t get to them all? So here’s weekly posts of our efforts of learning to garden together, figuring out how to get as many students involved (and teachers/adults), plus adding some art in the garden and of course drawing in the garden. Summer hours of gathering, Tuesdays 8:30 – 9:30 and now Wednesdays 1:45 – 2:30 until the beds are cleaned up for winter.
October 13 – A bit of entertainment before we started clearing the beds.
October 13 – Well – clean up time. Those sunflowers were a lot harder to pull out than expected. Found a few stray onions. Covered the pumpkins hoping they turn a bit more yellow to orange. Harvested the green tomatoes and have them ripening in my classroom. Penny also shared pickled watermelon rinds left from last week.
October 6 – Harvesting all that we can . . .frost in the forecast. Oh My! the watermelon was sooooooo yummy.
September 29 – not too many helpers, but what cuties! Holding out for the watermelon. We’re hoping that it will be tasty.
September 22 – Harvesting and sharing more potatoes, beans, carrots, radishes and watering the potted plants.
September 15 – Harvesting and sharing with more families
September 8 – random photos and lots of flowers
August 31 – harvesting!!! Thora was the green bean queen looking and finding beans. The Current Tomatoes are so darn small and tasty. Happened to find the zucchini at the last minute and the kiddos shared it. The biggest surprise was the watermelons! We trimmed some runners hoping it will help the watermelons grow bigger. And a very delightful surprise . . .two hummingbirds visited twice while we all were there. I just might have to draw hummingbirds this week. The last pick was only two of the four bags of food for the helpers. ❣🧡💛💚💙💜❣
August 24 -Buddies in the garden. Love it when there are kiddos that actually eat veggies!
August 17 – Loving the garden
August 10 – harvesting and Penny shared ground tomatoes from her garden . . .gotta grow these next year.
August 10 – more reference photos
August 3 – Enjoyed!
August 3 – harvesting potatoes!!!
July 27 – thinning carrots, new peas growing, weeding, watering and love the sunflowers
July 27 – Leaf rubbings
July 20 – Checked out the potatoes, harvesting and a bit drippy for the leave rubbing art. We’ll try again next week.
July 13 – helping in the garden
July 13 – Drawing the garden beds from a different angle. And adding watercolors learning a bit more about mixing colors to get just what is needed for the drawing.
July 13 – Yummy treats from the garden with Ritz crackers or cheese sticks.
June 29 – Also . . . drawing a plant from the garden then adding watercolors to the pencil drawing. A very pleasant morning before the extreme heat.
June 29 – We harvested lettuce of all kinds, kale, peas, borage flowers, carrot tops and some of us wrapped the garden yummies around a cheese stick. Plus each family unit went home with a bag of harvest.
June 29 – We tended to the garden
June 29 – 8:30 this morning
June 22 – Printmaking with garden leaves. Then onto drawing a plant or two in the garden. Thank you Meagan H. for taking photos while my hands were messy.
June 22 – Potato plants are starting to bloom . . .gorgeous! And discovered strawberry plants growing in the walkway. They are staked on both sides – hopefully protected if someone gets the urge to mow or weed-whack.
June 22 – a bit of weeding and watering, then checking out bugs and plants with magnifying glasses.
June 22 – My own drawings(from the last couple of weeks) and couple of prints. Plus I added garden lettuce to my cream cheese, apple slices, and homemade bread sandwich. 🙂
For you Penny. Went and turned off the water . . .the garden is wet enough for a few days.
June 15 2021 – A stormy early morning and we wondered if we’d actually not get rained on. We weeded, planted more radishes and started a small row of beets.
June 15, 2021 – Drawing with pencil. A study of plants.
June 10, 2021 – took Mrs. Currie’s class out during art. They harvested radishes and lettuce for a salad they were preparing that day. And we did some drawing. I was so impressed with the enthusiasm and details from these 2nd graders. Fills my heart with joy! ❤️
June 8 – Sent Thora with my camera to take photos – this is her view. 😉
June 8 – a couple of views with adding a row of rainbow chard seeds (Thora’s cute hands) and transplanting poppies and fennel. Plus Thora took a pic of Penny (BCGA Volunteer) and me (Ms. Sharon/Ona). So thankful for Penny’s enthusiasm to help us out.
June 8 – Drawing in the garden.
June 1 – added food to the tomato plants and Epsom salt around some plants.
May 31 – Checked on the garden to make sure all was good. There was a leak at one end a soaker and some big fat worms surfaced.
May 26 – Tending and adding to the garden.
May 25 – just and over view of the five beds
May 19 – Planting Mammoth Sunflower starts from Polly (our office secretary/coordinator)
May 18 – working with Penny and Laurel after school.
May 18 – photo shoot of ‘baby’ plants – great reference photos to draw from.
May 11 – tending the garden and figuring out the watering system.
April 29 – May 6
April 28 – (Laurel)Mrs. Currie’s class, planting onions, weeding
March 31 – Mrs. Currie’s class has been out weeding prior to this date and you’ll notice some don’t want to get their hands dirty. 😉 This is my first photo documentation of the garden excitement. We will be learning a lot this season on better ways to involve students, classrooms, and add some art in the garden, plus harvesting and sharing food grown. 2021 FAST Garden Club begins!