Here’s what we did today:
The five-year-olds watered the bean plants they planted a week ago and which are now a few inches tall. They were delighted. I let them sample green beans so they know what they are growing.
The older children watered the carrot bed and then thinned the plants, washed them and ate them. You always water carrots before thinning so you don’t disturb the roots of neighboring plants. It is work that needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully. And though it was a challenge at times with all the enthusiasm, I think the young gardeners enjoyed pulling the little baby carrots out as much as they enjoyed eating them.
Swiss Chard, Kale, sugar snap peas were also sampled and most gardeners enjoyed them, especially the sugar snap peas. These are a big hit every time we grow them and will always be part of the children’s gardening program. We harvested the above vegetables and sent them back to the Moreau Community Center for distribution along with some zucchini, radishes, turnips and cucumbers.
The biggest job of the day was trimming the wheelbarrow full of day lilies, leveling a planting area and getting every one of the plants in the ground. Special thanks to Delores for her help!
All that was done between 9:30 and noon by about 80 children who range in age from 5 to 10 years old.