Kid’s Corner- Lights On Gardening Program


Tuesday, June 29th 


It feels like summer is here in full force.  The days have been hot and windy.  Our veggies, fruits and flowers are exploding with growth.  All we have to do is keep them watered.  The Lights On gardeners went on a fieldtrip today to the beautiful perennial garden of Nancy Debevoise.  When the gate opened up to her backyard, a fantastical world of blue and purple flowers, plants with white leaves and blooms, butterflies, dragonflies, poppies in every color, and a babbling brook that empties into a pond full of cattails was revealed.  Nancy explained to the students that perennials come back every year.  They don’t have to be replanted.  She also told us that her garden changes color and shape weekly, as new plants bloom and others die back.  With a few bags of transplants, the class headed over to the community garden to take care of business.


We needed to get the perennial transplants planted in their new beds quickly to make sure they wouldn’t die.  A group of students got to work planting and mulching one of the perennial beds at the garden.  Another group watered our vegetable beds and the compost pile we started last week.  One of the students even brought worms to add to our raised beds and the compost pile.  Why?  Because, he and the rest of the students know that worm poop is great fertilizer for our soil.  A third group made quick work of planting the rest of our pumpkins.  In no time the pumpkin patch was planted, mulched and watered!  


Some of the students learned about the concept of CSA today.  CSA stands for ‘community supported agriculture’.  A farmer sells shares of a CSA to people in the spring.  Then, all summer long, the CSA members receive a box of produce from the farmer.  It’s a great deal for farmers because they have a reliable source of income at the beginning of the growing season when they need it the most.  It’s also a great deal for CSA members, because they receive farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and sometimes even meat and eggs each week.  To illustrate this idea, some of the students picked radishes, spinach and lettuce from our beds.  We divided everything into ten equal portions, which we then packed into recycled lettuce bags from the grocery store.  We had ten salads ready to go!


The students learned about perennials and community supported agriculture today. They practiced caring for the vegetables, fruits and herbs in their beds.  They also learned that it is possible to make a living growing food for people.After the 4th of July, we will be exploring beneficial bugs and animals, like lady bugs and bats!  Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more adventure.

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