Mulch, Mulch, Mulch

dig.jpgThe warm weather allowed us to get out of the greenhouse and into the garden!  Our first order of business was soil improvement.  The kids have been spreading compost and leaf mulch throughout areas which are in need of organic matter.  A new heirloom tomato garden was made in the courtyard outside of the library.  We cut sod in two half circles around the library garden so visitors can walk through and view these old timers in action.  This allowed the kids to see very raw THMS soil which is not a pretty sight.  They will be involved step by step in the soil improvement process which I hope will make an impression.

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Searsport Headstart Seasoned Gardeners

kidloom.jpgSearsport Headstart are good friends of the Garden and always have lots of energy to share. Today the children met with Franklin the Turtle, completed a scavenger hunt then planted beans and milkweed, weaved in the Earth Loom and climbed the mulch tower. The best part was eating spinach and wearing flowers behind our ears.

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Winterport Headstart starts Worm Farm

headstart.jpgThe Headstarters from Winterport spent more than two hours participating in student run activities in the Garden Project today. A scavenger hunt was set up by garden team members to intrduce the visitors to the greenhouse and a planting activity. The children planted beans and milkweed (for the monarch butterfles), named our turtle “Franklin”, worked a bit in the garden, fed the rabbits and sorted red wiggler worms for their own Classroom Worm Farm. Lunch was eaten out on the picnic table before taking this picture and picking flowers for their hair. Thanks to all of the garden team students who gave their lunch period to help!

The CASS is Digging Their Way to Knowledge

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Mrs. Krueger’s fifth grade science students learn some of the intricacies of Greenhouse life with Hannah. Here they are asking about the potato tower and the three foot lettuce plant that looks like a big thistle stalk.

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7th grade members of the garden project give a talk about soil science and vermicomposting. The garden students are really generous with their knowledge and time.

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P.E. in the garden? Students line up with rakes, shovels and pitch forks for a hand tilling race the width of the garden.

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The first one to finish tilling their row wins a treat from the garden. Not only a great way to get some quality exercise but it’s also a bit safer for the worms. Mr. T.

Our Friends From Drinkwater

p2090023.jpgWell they came ready to seed and do some snow shoeing and it’s only April 11th. Our friends from Drinkwater School were back today planting seeds with the 7th grade students getting ready for their own school garden. We hope to have them back soon to get them started with a worm bin and lesson on making good compost.

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Twenty Two Feet and Growing

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Garden students measure one of our greenhouse sungold tomato plants at 22 feet and still growing. Next they will weight the plant. Any guesses?

The Week of Snow

Even though we got over a foot of snow this last week, there are still plenty of things to do in the world of the THMS garden.  More seedlings can be started and harvesting greens can be done.

The question is most often asked is…. where can we put all of our seedlings?  With the help of teachers with large, sunny classroom windows we are able to start our seedlings inside the school and are not limited to the greenhouses.

Harvesting greens is tough when the weather is cooler and cloudy but our production is still strong and the greens are still delicious.

The once thawing soil is now back to being frozen and Earth Day is only 2 weeks away. The question on all of our minds is if we will be able to get the vegetables in the ground by that day. We’ll keep you updated during the upcoming weeks.

Hannah Brzycki– Unity College