On Thursday, the 4th and 5th graders from Ms. Gunderson’s class and their 1st grade buddies in Ms. Butler’s class got together for some winter gardening! They gathered lots of gallon milk jugs, a few other supplies, and some helpful parent volunteers to do winter sowing (check out the link to find out what that is). Watch this space for progress reports as the weather gets warmer! Exclamation points, capitalization, and smiley faces are all from the students.
I like that I made my greenhouse. I cut open the jug and put in dirt and seeds. It felt good and I had fun working with my buddy. – Isaac
I like best about our greenhouse is that both of us did all of it. First we cut it and my buddy pretended the milk jug was a mouth. I was putting the dirt into it. I had a lot of fun with my buddy and I can’t wait to do it again. – unsigned
I liked that it was easy and an awesome gardening tool. It’s really nice to be able to garden in winter. I felt really good. And excited that we were going to have food and flowers soon. – Grace
My buddy was very happy and encouraged me to help. Me and my buddy planted pumpkins. – Cady
I loved working with our buddies. They were fun and funny to work with. I liked the concept of the greenhouses and I thought that maybe we could eat our vegetables in the summer. I liked it. – Emilia
What I liked best about my greenhouse was putting tomato seeds in it. And putting a lot of dirt in it. What we did was put a lot of dirt in the milk jug, and we put seeds in it. I felt really good because I was working with my partner. It was fun because we did everything together. And we both played with a lot of dirt. – Kia
The thing I liked most was planting the seeds. I felt bored because I don’t like gardening. – Aidan
I love that they are homemade. I felt very artsy. – Ingrid
I liked the greenhouses because we got to plant sunflowers! We cut the carton so there was a mouth. Then we put in dirt and then we planted sunflowers. It was really fun. My buddy was very fun to play with because she was very kind and silly. – Emma
What I liked best about the greenhouse was the pea pods that me and my buddy put on it. I also liked getting my hands dirty. – Elliot
I liked how we used the milk cartons for the green house, and it was also really fun to get help from them. But the best part is that it was fun playing with the dirt and getting MESSY. – Christina
I like my greenhouse because it is growing pumpkins. We filled it with dirt and it felt gooey and smushy. I like working with my buddies because they are always cheerful. – Maddie
I love GARDENING! 🙂 Me and my buddy planted sunflowers, and we drew plants on the side of the greenhouse. – Molly
What was best about our greenhouse was the soil. I felt awesome. The dirt was the best. I love dirt. It was fun working with my buddy because she’s nice and sweet. – Amaya
It was fun working with my mom and buddy. It was way more fun than I thought it would be. – Steve
First, come to the garden and meet up with friends.
Next, check out everything. Vegetables, flowers, weeds, bugs, books. Notice the interesting ways vegetables flower, make seeds, and grow into food.
Then, see how tall you are.
Watering gets everyone moving. Somehow I didn’t get a picture of the 12-year-old former VHE gardener who took charge of the hose with happy and wet results.
If you find some food ready to eat, pick it and share a sample.
Water some more, stand on some sturdy stuff, and admire the colors. How many shades of green are there?
Over 40 people ended up visiting the VHE garden on this warm sweet summer evening.
knowledge shared about plants, reseeding, radishes, edible flowers, & harvesting
filling new compost bin
hide and seek
Kurt and Mary shared little bits of garden wisdom. New families came out to the garden for the first time. Kurt got the compost bins set in place and ready to go. Kathy took photos. After all of the families walked away with a bag of fresh produce to eat and one to share, another family arrived to mow paths around the garden bed and help clean up. All leftover produce was washed in a wheel barrow and distributed to the VHE neighborhood community.
VHE parent Jodi said, “I took the boys down to the garden tonight. We spent an hour down there–reading books, ‘mowing’ with the old fashioned mower, and poking around. It was fabulous.” Watch for announcements of future gatherings!
First thing in the morning is a lovely time to visit the Van Hise Outdoor Classroom. I took a bunch of pictures this morning (pardon my shadow in some of them; I am an enthusiastic but inexpert photographer!). Look back at my post from April, and you’ll see how much growing and learning has gone on in the garden since then.
Thanks to our many gardeners: mostly our wonderful students, but also to our teachers, parents, and community members who have helped and encouraged throughout the year. We hope to see you stop by the garden over the summer; if you aren’t able to sign up for a turn at watering, maybe you can swing by and visit our new Little Free Libraries! And you still have a few days before school lets out to enjoy a morning walk through the garden as it (and we) transition to summer.
Hello VHE garden friends,
Spring is off to a slow start this year, but we are making progress in our outdoor classroom already! I took advantage of the wet conditions and lack of thunder this morning to make some repairs to the tire ruts leading into the garden. There’s only so much flattening one can do with boots and a shovel, but once it dries up a bit, we can get a little extra soil in there and finish the job. I want to share with you the pictures I took today. Come and check it out yourself! (whispering: and if you need to deliver anything to the garden, please no driving on the grass until it is much much much drier.)
Our rain garden, doing its thing this morning!