Wednesday, July 28, 2010

School Garden 2010

The 2010 garden is turning out to be a success! The tomato blight from '09 is history, and so far we've had robust crops of radishes, peas and herbs. This year's garden participation is open to all students and parents of St. Jude School. Thanks to Ginny McGovern (pictured at left) for leading this effort and for coordinating the plantings in conjunction with Fr. Skip (our garden angel!). If you're interested in learning how you and your child can be involved, feel free to contact Ginny. The time commitment is minimal, and no gardening experience is required! It's a great way to teach your child how their vegetables are grown and harvested.

This was also the first year we had a four-season garden. Fr. Skip crafted box tops that fit tightly over the wooden frames of our raised beds. Over the winter, we grew a crop of lettuce and radishes, and by the Spring, there were enough vegetables to be picked. It was amazing how well insulated the plants stayed all winter!

Peas, herbs, peppers, radishes, and lettuce have been planted so far this year, and pumpkins are once again planned for the Fall. Be sure to look for more information regarding upcoming planting dates.
The peas grew really tall!!

The garden has instilled a sense of community at St. Jude School. Parents and children are involved with all aspects -- planting, watering and harvesting. It's also great quality time with your children.

The following picture captures the inspiration for the school garden. By teaching our children the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet, we are instilling them with healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime!

See you at the garden!

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