Joining the Thorp Community Garden

By Jenna Richter | March 15, 2016 | Farming, Project Work, Science

We have been invited to join into the Thorp Community Garden.  Last year, Thorp Schools added raised beds and a worm bin to the back of the school.  This year, parent Marion, has decided to undertake the task of adding a Three Sisters Garden.  In order to do so, there are some things that need done before tilling, planting, and gardening can really begin.  We think it is important that children learn the value of preparation and hard work when undertaking a project.

 

To protect the school from splashing mud and dirt, we have been asked to bring in rocks to fill in an area along the building.  Discovery Lab was more than happy to help with rock moving.  Hanni and Louie harvested rocks from their property and delivered them to the garden area.

 

Many hands make light work. Moving a whole truck load of rocks only took us 15 minutes!
Many hands make light work. Moving a whole truck load of rocks only took us 15 minutes!

We helped line the rocks up next to the building, fitting them together like a puzzle.

 

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We will need another load to finish this job.  It was a lovely way to spend a sunny almost spring morning.  We can’t wait to help watch this garden grow, blossom and prosper.

 

We came inside and started planting sunflowers we could add to the garden.   We first washed egg shells, filled them with soil and planted the seeds.  Harlow said, “Let’s make some predictions!”  So we predicted how many days to sprout, how many would sprout and how tall they would be in 30 days.  Now we will observe and collect data.

 

Egg shells make a perfect natural seed cup.
Egg shells make a perfect natural seed cup.

 

Boden volunteered to make a drawing to document the process.

Here is the sunflower seed getting ready to go into the soil inside the broken egg shell.
Here is the sunflower seed getting ready to go into the soil inside the broken egg shell.

 

The soil is in need of amendment and Hanni brought us a load of manure to work into the soil.

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