All of the 4th graders came out to visit the gardens last week They learned about how potatoes grow, what it means when the turn green, then and dug up the potatoes they planted last spring. While there were not many of them, it was still exciting to find them hiding in the dirt.
In the garden classroom they looked for weeds. Each group picked a spot to dig up some soil. They put it in a pot to bring back to their classrooms and see if anything grows. There is most likely a whole bunch of weeds seeds in any soil sample, so we look forward to seeing what pops up!
In the vegetable garden they looked around to see where you would find seeds for different plants: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, and squash all have seeds inside. Lettuce and carrots (if you let them grow past when they would have been ready to pick) will grow flowers and the seeds are in the flowers. For beans and corn, the beans and corn kernels are the seeds!
Each group picked something from the garden and we planted exactly 10 seeds in small pots to bring back to the classroom. We’ll see what percentage of the seeds we planted sprout.
Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible: Jessie Bennett, Bonne Thompson, Florence Wang, Jeff Sinsay, Malynda Roberto, Jenny Kresse, Jess Smith, and Kadir Ozkan!