Spring is sprung!
An exciting new chapter in McGregor gardening starts this year. We have a new garden in the works, designed to engage kids of all grades, as well as to give better results in the growing department. We installed two rectangular wooden garden beds, as a well as a metal square, triangular, and circle beds. Raised beds eliminate the tree root issue to facilitate growing tomatoes, potatoes, kolhrabi, herbs, sweet peppers, and more.
In fact, the Grade 3s have been busy getting these veggies (the “blood butcher” tomato seeds were a particular hit) ready by planting them in class and putting them under new grow lights, which are now stationed in five classrooms. The kids are also watching the germination process, having started bean seeds in wet paper towel. And one class even planted tomatosphere seeds, which have spent 22 months aboard the International Space Station. For more info on this research project, go to tomatosphere.org.
School Garden Day/Plant Exchange: May 23
Our garden is now part of Imagine a Garden in Every School (agardenineveryschool.ca), which is a province-wide initiative that aims to connect children to healthy living and the natural environment. We’ll be participating in the organization’s School Garden Day on Friday, May 23, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with our annual Plant Exchange. Bring a plant to trade or just pick up a new one. You can also check out the new garden design and, for the kids, plant a sunflower seed for your own garden.
Keep your eyes peeled for blossoming bulbs; last fall the Grade 3s planted 100 bulbs — tulips, daffodils, and crocuses – which should be poking their heads out soon.
Thank you to all of the parents who have been volunteering their time over the winter! If you’d like to get involved in the garden, or just follow our news and see photos, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, leave us a note, and we will invite you to join our website: https://mcgregorgarden.shutterfly.com/
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
~ Robin Williams