Kid’s Corner – Lights On Gardening Program

By Kristin Vogel, PCG Education Coordinator

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today was a busy day in the garden for the 3rd – 6th grades students who are participating in the Pushroot Gardening Program through Lights On!  It was our second class of the season.  During our first class we toured the garden.  We discussed the concept of a community garden, and why people would want to rent a plot.  The students shared their knowledge and experience about gardening as we walked through the raised beds.  They identified vegetables that are growing, and had a lot of questions.  We also talked about why we garden in raised beds as opposed to directly in the ground.  The students learned that the Pushroot Community Garden is a public space.  Anybody can come in and enjoy the blooming perennials, flowers and beds, and the eventual shade pavilion.  Next, we traveled back to school and had a salad party.  Much to the surprise of the teachers, the students gobbled down a salad of spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, broccoli, grated jicama, red pepper, chive, parsley and tomato, with no ranch dressing in sight!  They loved the vinaigrette, and said it made the vegetables taste better.  The salad party followed a lesson on what part of the plant each vegetable is.  Is it a flower? leaf? stem? fruit? or root?  

Today, we took a field trip to Sprouts Greenhouse so the students could select veggies, fruits and flowers to plant in the Lights On beds at PCG.  Griff, the owner of Sprouts, took us on a tour that ended in the vegetable greenhouse.  Students selected hot peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, basil, flowers, and more to plant.  We traveled back to the garden and got to work with Andy, the Big Cheese, building a third, octagonal-shaped bed.  We filled it with a mixture of soil and compost, and raked the soil smooth.  Students dug with trowels and hands and planted their veggies and flowers.  It was a real group effort, and the time flew by.  The students hammered, drilled, shoveled, hauled, watered, raked, dug, planted, got dirty, laughed and learned a lot.  

Stay tuned next week for our next adventure!  We will be mulching, planting pumpkins and learning about soil and compost.  Good times in the garden!


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