Cover Crop and Fun Fall Crafts
November 22, 2013 - After snack time and a quick jaunt on the Yellow Brick Road, the gardeners spent some time looking over the raised beds. A few seeds of the cover crop, buckwheat, have sprouted. Mrs. Regina pointed out that with some rainfall, the seeds will be much more active. We will check on the beds again next time we meet. With the help of Mrs. Huelskoetter, Mrs. Tina, and Mr. Brewster, the gardeners then worked on a special picture frame or miniature chalk board, glueing on seasonal decorations, such as flat glass marbles in autumnal hues, Indian corn kernels, seeds and pastas. Some gardeners included the leftover pumpkin and scarecrow decorations, adding buttons and flowers as necessary to complete the look! Mrs. Regina assisted the Clover Buds gardeners in finishing their Thanksgiving boxes, complete with felt turkey!
Some of the gardeners spent their time on a repeating pattern, some created symmetrical patterns, while others used asymmetry. Gardeners paid attention to texture and color, as well, which is a wonderful introduction to our next chapter on landscape horticulture.
As the gardeners worked, they discussed their designs, as well as who might be the lucky recipient of their frame. Many already had plans for the type of photograph they would like to place in the frame. The miniature chalk boards were put to use as soon as they were complete. Some wondered if the Thanksgiving menu might fit on the chalkboard!