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Friday, February 6, 2009

End of the First Week of Spring Term

The first week of the new term ended today with positive attitudes, a feeling of success, and warmer weather! Today we planted New Zealand Spinach and Sugar Snap Peas in the raised beds. In the traditional Native American garden we replanted some corn, in case our previously planted corn doesn't make it because of this weeks cold weather, as well as pole beans and squash.
We also outlined the edge of the Native American garden with rocks, to show both that you should be careful when stepping into that area, as well as for aesthetic value. We may end up adding some more with the extra rocks that we still have, and will no doubt continue to find!

Two classes came out today; a surprise class at the end of the second shift who took a tour of the garden and took some notes, and the pre-kindergardeners that helped us aerate the dirt a couple weeks ago. Since they didn't bring their gloves this time, we showed them all the plants that have begun to sprout, showed them how the compost works, and had them taste some chives! They were really excited to be out there and requested to see the wheelbarrow next time!

Our use of the white board and information sheets in our temporary "shed" have already become an important component to our success here at Lakewood. We've been communicating to each other between different shifts and different days through these mechanisms and it has worked out great this week! This way everyone knows what classes are coming out that day, what to do with them, and what has to be planted. Already things are running very smoothly and we couldn't wish for anything more!

Monday is going to be a big day with 5 classes coming out. We've got lots of planting to do, and we may even move the broccoli from starters to beds. We're excited to have the kids help!


  1. It looks wonderful. I am glad to see how you put it all together.

  2. The schoolyard plot is very impressive. I like the 'square foot' layout. Does this help in organizing elementary student participation and monitoring?