One of the many things I love about the Lake and Park School is the tradition of working together in small mixed-age groups. Sometimes these groups involve the whole school working on a study as we did this past fall learning about salmon. At other times a small group may work on a special skill or project, riding bikes, jumping rope or learning to play chess. A multi-age group provides many rewards including the opportunity to get to know one another in a different setting, make new friends, and learn or try new things in an unself-conscious way.
This month I was able to work with just such a group as we began the spring clean-up and early planting at our school P-patch in Coleman Park. As the spring continues different groups will continue the work in the garden and in the summer opportunities for families to keep the garden going will be available. In addition the P-patch is also a lovely outdoor classroom space that each of the classes will travel to for special lessons and activities, or maybe just a nice place to find a quiet spot to read a book. Please read on to learn more about what has been happening in the garden this spring.
|Planting flower seeds in the hopes of attracting butterflies.|
We had to get the soil ready before we could plant. We had to spread compost. It was fun.
Every day we went to the garden in March was sunny.
|Adding chips to the paths in the garden.|
We came to the garden in March to get it ready for planting. The first day we weeded the paths and put wood chips down. We picked up all the tree branches that had fallen during the winter. Then we weeded the beds. We started seeing worms and centipedes. The worms are good for the soil. We also planted some chives.
Every time we come to the garden we see more insects. I don’t even know what they are. I hope to learn what they are. I really like to plant peas. It was fun to plant peas.
I like sage. I like it because it is colorful. I planted the sage in the herb garden. I helped bring the wood chips. We got the beds ready. Then we planted the vegetables.
|Stepping stones added to the square garden bed .|
Hi, my name is Sadie. I planted broccoli-kale and if you are wondering I planted about 3 or 4 plants. I also planted most of the beets in the middle of the newly planted garden. We put in stepping stones there too. And we saw two butterflies and Tate found tiny eggs.
Hi, my name is Kaitlin. I really enjoy coming back to the garden! We were the first people back to the garden. No one was here all winter! Planting was so much fun. I brought down wood chips in a big wheelbarrow. I hope to see you at the garden.
The wood chips are hard work. The wheelbarrows are really heavy when they are full. The path is on a hill. It takes teamwork to carry the chips. You get them down the hill, through the tiny path and down another hill. Then you have to stop the wheelbarrow and then dump.
Why I enjoyed planting the chives was because they are edible grass. I like planting plants because I want to have my own garden to make my parents happy. I also like gardening in my duck gloves. I am excited because the potato I planted last week has green leaves. I am becoming better friends with Olivia, and now she is becoming an “old” friend. I loved picking chives for Olivia.
I was working in the garden and someone named Jim was working. So I asked him if I could help him make the pea trellis. We started to make the pea trellis. We used bamboo and string. I never did anything like it before.
|Surveying the progress.|
This spring we planted peas, chives, radishes, potatoes, rosemary, strawberries, sage, mint, rhubarb, cabbage, kale and more. I love the garden. I helped with the wood chips, turning dirt, planting, and I learned the code to the shed.