Every month or so I like to walk around the garden and catch y’all up on new things, beginning this month with our “farm to school” banners which Mr. Wells just hung outside the after school club. This set features produce grown in San Diego County in the fall. They add a lively, colorful element to this outside eating/studying area.
My Garden Ambassadors are a hardworking group. These two take charge of lunchtime composting.
They love leaving me notes—a habit I encourage by leaving them notes back.
Mr. Copeland stops by as the K/1st graders were showing off our new set of gloves in after school garden class.
Lots of cool season planting due to having lots of space due to our spectacularly lousy summer crop:
In after school class, sometimes we just play games in the garden. With everyone occupied with fun stuff at the table, I can pull one or two students out for small jobs or teachable moments.
We have been making cinnamon maple applesauce in our longer format classes during the school day.
I’ve been printing the recipe in Thursday’s bulletin. If students make it at home, they send me a photo, and I invite them to enjoy lunch in the school garden with friends.
Finally, I’ve slowly been collecting “seasonal touches” to decorate the garden. I saw this years ago at a school garden in San Fransisco when our garden was just getting started, and it was too much to consider at the time. But now, I’m ready. Garage sales are a great place to find decor out of season. This came from the Methodist Church’s rummage sale, and I think it adds a lovely autumn touch. (Also, I bought the over-the-door wreath hanger which keeps the arrangement in place.)
Garden Ambassadors wanted to put up Halloween decorations so they hung webs and spiders—appropriate for the garden!
Up next: Why is Mrs. Tree crying? (Possibly my favorite post ever, next time.)