This season was our first full year using our green house. We were able to grow and raise seedlings to sell. Students of all grades participated in the garden in some way. Older students learned how to pickle and experimented with new ways of growing potatoes. Younger students learned to transplant carefully and helped put the garden "to bed" recently. We planted a fruit orchard along our brand new walking path with apples, pears, peaches, plums, and cherries. A harvest dinner for parents (featuring vegetable soup) will be happening soon.
What challenges did or does your project face?
Dry weather, some organization issues. Pests. Children and staff not being around during the summer vacation to maintain the garden.
How are you working to overcome them?
We can't do much about the weather, but are working to make the garden more organized next year and assigning specific areas to certain classes. Improvements to our greenhouse this year, such as a fan and heater, will help us extend our season. We are planning to devote more fundraising to pest control options that are safe for the children.
What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?
We experimented with different ways to grow potatoes: a bin, stacked tires, and in the ground. We found that the bin was most productive this year. It also required less labor in terms of weeding over the summer.