It's the Growing Season!
Our butterfly garden is showing green, flowers are blooming, Ms. Townsend and Mrs. Welborn planted founding father gardens with their students and Friends of Occoquan planted pole beans with our after school science group. Our fruit orchard planted earlier in the year by Dominion Power is a popular spot for third grade students to read with their kindergarten buddies.
Students have been busy planting cabbages, turnips, kale and other winter lettuces. Spring flowering bulbs are also in the ground. Garrett Hornauer, a middle school student, has put in many hours maintaining and caring for our gardens through weeding and transplanting.
The strawberries are red, the blueberries are ripening, the chocolate mint plant smells oh so heavenly. The children are enjoying the fruits of their labor. Soon it will be time to harvest the radishes, carrots, beans and potatoes.
What's coming up?
Our spring bulbs are coming up! We are watching for the first red tulips we planted in the fall to bloom. We recorded our spring data on the online Journey North map that the Emperor tulips have emerged. The children are very excited! An after school garden club will take place during April and May. The club will start seedlings which students will plant in our school gardens. This year students will plant pole beans, carrots, radishes, sunflowers, potatoes and herbs.
Journey North Science Project
Kindergarten students planted 100 Red Emperor Tulip bulbs and is participating in the Journey North science program. In this international science experiment, students in schoolyards across the northern hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in their Journey North Test Gardens each fall. When the plants emerge and bloom, children announce springtime in their part of the world. by recording their observations on a map located on the Journey North website. Find us there! http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tulip/index.html
It's getting colder!
Mr. Wilson and his students have planted two pear trees. We are excited to see them grow and change throughout the seasons.
We are featured on National Gardening Association Website!
This wonderful article was written about our school gardens and featured on www.garden.org
The complete article is attached below in a file.
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