Heirloom Tomatoes for Sale

We have over 54 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and many varieties of standard hybrids (early girl, big boy, new girl, jetstar, etc.) for sale. If you need them for the weekend please see us after school. We have attached a list of heirlooms available and some descriptions. I have grown them all and most are really good. I have a flat of new ace peppers as well. We are saving many for the early release so parents can purchase some on wed. Plants are $2 and in 4 inch pots.

The Garden Co., old tomato divisionseedposter17.jpg

The Onions and Chicks are In !

Brrrrr. It was 33 F at my home in Searsmont this morning. We figured this was not a good year to experiment with early crops at THMS.  Any beans or corn planted this week would have rotted in the cold, wet weather.

flower.jpgOn a lighter note, we planted six varieites of onions and eight varieties of potatoes this week. The rain soaked them in nicely and we look forward to a late summer harvest! Some early greens, broccoli, peas and cabbage have been planted for the summer cooking program. We are still tryuing to imagine continuous warm weather!

chicken.jpgThe baby chicks are in which are part of our economics lesson on egg production.  Of course,  they sure do make us happy as well!


Ames School Students get Worms :-)

patty2.jpgThe Ames School Fifth Graders had a great trip to the THMS garden last week. They went on student led tours, planted milkweed, made worm farms, spread compost/woodchips and cleared some sod. After all, if you can’t put in the effort there is usually little reward. Our students really enjoyed working with the Ames students in the garden and hope to have them back real soon.

patty1.jpgSome of their worm questions:

Do I and how often to I put any water in for moisture?

How often do we stir around the contents?

Once a week feeding enough?

Should I add anymore material ( leaves, etc) as the month goes on?patty4.jpg

To bean or not to bean?

beanpict.jpgMaybe a silly question, but what a great way to learn about seeds. Beans are full of energy and life, so what a great way to learn about seed structure and germination. The 7th North “Bean Team” uses the simple bean to create a lesson for the 6th graders at our school.

The Bean Team covers basic bean history by covering Maine Bean Logging History “Bean Whole Beans” to the structure and the germination of a bean and it’s anatomy.

The 6th graders couldn’t wait to get started on the dissection. After soaking the beans the 7th graders led the students through the dissection of the beans: taking off the seed coat, splitting the bean in half, examining the bean insides.

Next on the agenda is to look to look at the germination progress of beans and to create a bean necklace. This was the most exciting part for the students. The 7th grade Bean Team led the 6th graders through the process of creating a bean necklace that the students wear around their necks to watch the bean seed germinate. The students document the process of the bean germination, drawing pictures and writing comments.

The class is excited about the bean germination and being able to watch their seed grow as they care for it so the 7th graders have done their job.

The 7th grade garden students put together many presentations for other students because they are most likely to listen to someone closer to their own age. It seems to be a great way to get the 6th graders excited about the 7th grade as well as the garden project.

Good job to all of the students on the Bean Team, you were great role models for the younger students.