As leaves are changing colors all around us, our harvest season is winding down in the Fox School Garden. This week, we will harvest the remaining tomatoes, tomatillos, corn, beans, squash, nasturtium flowers, some herbs and mammoth sunflowers.
During October, we are also starting to prepare the garden for winter and spring. Kindergartners planted fava bean seeds. A few sprouts have just started breaking through the soil. In the spring, students will be able to harvest about half the crop and dig the other half into the soil as a cover crop. During lunch recess, students also planted snow peas and will have the opportunity to plant garlic and more cover crops. They have also discovered and learned about beneficial insects and garden pests.
Thank you to Friends of Fort Vancouver who recently donated several packages of seeds from plants grown in the Fort Vancouver Garden. Planting them in the spring will be especially exciting for 4th graders since they visit Fort Vancouver this school year.
Do you enjoy gardening and working with kids? Dig in and join our volunteer school garden team! We aim to open the garden to students once a week during lunch recess time.
If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Lianne Lauda email@example.com, our PTA Garden Chair to be added to the garden email distribution list.