March 27, 2015 - Opening day, and spring could not come soon enough after so much snow late in the winter! The younger gardeners convened with Mrs. Regina and Mrs. Huelskoetter to generate a short list of rules of the garden, which Mrs. Regina took down on paper for laminating later. Next came a discussion of which kinds of plants to grow in the raised beds. The gardeners decided to try to grow giant sunflowers. Lack of water has been a problem in the past, but with the donated rain barrel, the plants should enjoy regular watering. Mrs. Regina will be scheduling the water helpers.
The gardeners reviewed the vegetables that they had grown in the past and discussed the differences between vegetables and fruits. Anything with a seed or seeds inside is, scientifically speaking, a fruit! Edible parts of different plants were discussed. Lettuce is leaves, and broccoli is a flower. Carrots and radishes are roots. The gardeners cut apart some vegetables to see if there were seeds inside, then prepared a salad from some of the vegetables and fruits. Cheese and salad dressing were the final touches to a fantastic salad!
Lettuces, Carrots, Radishes
Older gardeners cleared out several of the raised beds, leaving in place the garlic and strawberry plants left over from last fall. They read about zones and planting times on packages of seeds to decide which seeds could be planted while the weather is still cool.