Here is a phot of our school garden. Just imagine the possibilites that lay ahead of us and the foundation that our first Garden Club is laying. Together we can make this school project a one-of a kind. More pics to come!
Today was our first garden club meeting and what a success it was! We happened to be indoors due to the large amount of rain, but that did not stop our learning about ways we can start adding to our school garden. 50 students ranging from K-5 rotated among three groups.
Mr. Mark McCauley from Hamilton County Water and Soil Conservation came and talked wit the students about how a hamburger is connected back to the soil. He also shared the three a model of the three different types of soils that are found in Hamilton County.
The students also had the chance to decorate and plant a sunflower seed. During this station they learned some fun facts about this rapid growing plant and how important it is to tend to it every day.
Finally, students were able to pick a fruit, vegetable or flower seed to plant in a plant starter. Here they learned about the importance of using a grow lamp to help support the plant's growth. They also learned a variety of vocabulary terms such as seed, sprout, and photosynthesis. In addition to planting their favorite seed, they discovered that the harvest time varies amongst the particular plant and that the optimal planting time is relevant as well.
Upon conclusion of the day, students took home their self-created pots and a recording journal for their sunflowers to record what is happening once week. What a wonderful group of gardners! Next week we are painting signs and tending to the garden by pulling all the debri that
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We want to thank everyone that has helped brainstorm ideas on developing a garden bash for the students. With the wonderful participation of Garden Club in conjunction to not having many helpers available for the May 17th date, the Garden Committee decided to postpone the bash. PTO and the Garden Committee would like to revisit this idea next fall and possibly add the garden site to Healthy Living Day. Thanks again for everyone's continued support!
Mrs. Melling is a second grade teacher at Maple Glen Elementary and is the garden project lead. She has been teaching at Maple Glen since the school's first development back in 2006. Come join her and the rest of Maple Glen gardeners as they develop this project together to help those in need.