The Last Session
It's hard to believe that this was the last session. It all went by so fast. That reminds me of a joke:
A snail is at the police station. He's telling the officer on duty about how he was just mugged and robbed. "It was these two turtles!", the snail sobs. "They beat me up and took my money! "The officer asks, "Did you get a good look at them?" The snail says, "No! It all happened so fast!"
We had a great last session. Once again mother nature spared us. It's amazing with all the rain this season that we never had rain during the Garden Club.
Weeding, Thinning, and Staking
The kids started by weeding the gardens. Then they thinned out the beets and carrots which we're expecting to harvest in the fall after we get back to school. Tina talked to the kids about the importance of staking tomato plants and then showed them how to do it.
6th Grade Time Lapse Video
We watched a time lapse video of a seed germination that the 6th grade made with Mrs. Solek-Giles. It was cool. The video camera was set up at 10 minute interval, so there were 6 shots per hour, 24 hours a day. Then when producing the video, all the night shots were removed because they took away from the effect of seeing the movement over time. Take a look at the "dancing" plants...
Once again the kids went home with tons of stuff. They had their harvested strawberries, kale, lettuce, and radishes. They had their M&M seed packets. Tina brought in herbs for the kids to grow in their home gardens. The kids each took some of the starter plants they grew from the first session. Mrs. Chaleki brought in some mint plants for the kids and everyone learned a new word - "invasive". And the kids took some vegetable plants that were donated by the Forbes family. We can hardly wait to see everyone again in the fall to hear their gardening stories.
The Final Harvest
The kids harvested one last time. They got a few strawberries, kale, lettuce, and radishes.
M&M Seed Packets
Who knew M&Ms grew from seeds? We made M&M seed packets to grow them at home. Each person had to determine the plant name, row spacing, plant spacing, planting depth, planting date, seed year, and the sunlight requirements.
A BIG Thanks
A big thanks goes out to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for their donation of quality plants and seeds! It was the key to a successful garden club. Thanks also to the Forbes family for all the plants they donated!