Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This weeks plantings!!

This week our garden club planted carrots, whiteacre beans, radishes, and lettuce! Also, we distributed mini-greenhouses to all of the students so they can start seeds indoors - eggplant, tomato, artichoke, flowers, and herbs!

Some of the plants students will take home, and some they will bring back for our spring plant sale!

Students - make sure you read the instructions on your mini-greenhouses! Remember to do the following:

1. Check your plants each day for watering, make sure they're moist to the touch, but not soaking.
2. Before they have sprouted, place them outside with the lid on in partial sun (like a porch, near your house, or under a tree).
3. After they've sprouted, prop the lid open a bit to allow air-flow.
4. As they get bigger, take off the lid completely, and put them in full sun!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Meeting 2/9/11

This Wednesday, the garden club had their second farmer's market! We sold the last of our collards and planted a row of potatoes!

Garden club students arranged their planting calendars for this year and started their brand new planting guides.

Keep it green,
Ms. B

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Planting and Big Ideas!

The garden project here at Kanapaha is really starting to get moving. We give special thanks to our master gardeners, Susan and Greg, for all of their support and expert advice!

So far this year, we have accomplished a lot:

1. Planted and harvested food for a Fall and Winter season.
2. Had our first Farmer's Market, and are planning our second!
3. Made a partnership with the Cooperative Extension, and have received the assistance of the Master Gardener program.
4. Enriched our soil with 10 yards of compost with 50% peanut shell, 50% cow manure.
5. Have maintained weekly meetings where the garden is maintained and future projects are planned.
6. Had 3 cooking classes, and made salads (both fresh greens and broccoli), and collard greens!

Here's what's coming up:
  • Farmer's Market & potato planting: Wednesday, February 9th
  • Next Saturday workday: March 12th
  • Coyote Howl - We'll be needing volunteers to help with the garden club table!
In addition, Ms. Boyagian and Ms. Byrd will be attending the Grow Gainesville meeting - a new gardening initiative in our city aimed at supporting community and school gardens like ours! We encourage students and parents alike to attend! It will take place on Sunday, February 13th at 3pm at the Highlands Presbyterian Church.

Keep it green -
Ms. B

Monday, August 16, 2010

Greetings Garden Club!

Welcome back to Kanapaha, gardeners!

This year is going to be an exciting one! Starting on "meet the teacher" day (Aug 20), applications will be available for students interested in joining! Make sure to stop in at Ms. Boyagian's room or Ms. Byrd's room to get one!

There is a new set-up for garden club, and here are a few of the changes:

1. Dues: $15 covers your snacks for when you work in the garden, and a club t-shirt.

2. All students interested in receiving free veggies from the garden must log at least 20 hours of work in the garden per growing season. (If you don't make it for one season, your hours roll over to the next season. There are approximately 3 growing seasons during the school year.)

3. Prizes for students that log the most hours.

4. Weekend Work Days - these will be more regular than last year, invite friends and family to help! :)

Can't wait to see you!
Ms. B

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I went to the Saturday farmer's market today and bought some
organic fish fertilizer from a guy who also sells worm castings.
This is exciting because our garden is in need of regular fertilizing, and
I would much rather go organic (but the donated miracle grow gave us
the nudge that we needed). Everything is growing now, and the kids have really
helped enormously. Next week will buy the worm castings and that soil will be
10 times better next year!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Yay Miracle Grow (I succumbed)!

Wow! Last Friday I put some Miracle Grow on
most of the plants (we had lots of yellow leaves) and everything is really
lookin' better! Plus all of that rain Sunday helped.
The potatoes look totally hearty and awesome.

Belk Fundraiser

See Ms. Boyagian to buy $5 tickets to get a $5 discount at Belk on Saturday 6-10AM - all proceeds go to the Garden Club funds!