Welcome! This blog follows the building, cultivating, and harvesting of the Lakewood Elementary schoolyard garden in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since January 2009, the Edible Peace Patch Project has been developing innovative community-oriented food system and nutrition educational programs in south St. Petersburg, Florida. Lakewood Elementary is the 1st school to participate in our Garden Education Program!
Today was a calm, humid and sunless day at the Lakewood
Garden. Sadly, our Kindergarten
class that was scheduled for today did not make it, but we still found things
to do. First, we watered all the
beds and did some weeding while snacking on some green beans.
Colby and I watering
Breege had the idea that we should plant some sunflowers in
the empty beds and with Robin’s approval we began to plant them. As exciting as
it is to see a plant when it reaches maximum growth, placing the seed in the
soil is just as arousing. After
seeing the sunflowers at Sanderline, I am enthusiastic to watch those grow just
Breege planting a sunflower seed
We were all very excited to see the start of a pineapple. With my class last week the kids kept asking if they could pull the crown out to get the pineapple. I explained that that is not where the pineapple is and that it will come out of the center. They did not get it and kept asking. It was cute but now they will be able to watch how pineapples actually grow!
Pineapple on the way!
I was at Lakewood last Thursday and was pleasantly surprised to see how much everything had grown in just those 4 short days. That is the great thing about gardening. Seeing something go from a minuscule seed to a green sprout and eventually a full-grown vegetable/fruit bearing plant is truly intoxicating. Witnessing the whole process it truly humbling and the reward is worth the wait. Similarly to those who workout and want results the next day, gardening is the same way. Things take time to develop and like most things in life patience is essential. Secondary to teaching children, I am looking forward to watching the garden grow.