Archive | October, 2010

Second graders plant a DELICIOUS bed!

23 Oct
Second graders were out in full force in the Titan Garden this last week.  They planted tulip bulbs, Swiss chard, arugula, and pansies.They also planted herbs including lemon thyme, basil, chives, fennel, and cilantro.  What are they going to do with all of these delicious plants, you might ask?  Let’s just say that a yummy salad dressing could be in their future.  

 
In addition to making their bed look fantastic, they also dug around in the unplanted beds looking for grubs.  They got more than they bargained for when they discovered a frog and a scorpion too.

Good planting second graders!

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1st graders create a Cool Color garden

23 Oct

Last week, the first graders came out to the Titan Garden to get their bed planted.  Awaiting them were numerous Garden Buddies with garden activities and planting materials all ready to go.

The first stop was making Soil Soup.  First Grade is learning all about soils and what materials make up soil in their science module.  So they came out to get a hands on lesson in making the perfect garden soil.  They learned that silt, clay and sand are made up of different sized particles, with clay being the smallest and sand being the largest.  They mixed these together to help create the right mixture of sizes to have the best properties for holding water but also provide good drainage for plant roots.  Then they talked about how compost is made and added compost to the mixture.  Voila…the perfect garden soil.

Each class then split into two groups.  One group planted while the other group learned about native and adapted plants in the garden.  For example, they learned that bronze fennel, also a culinary herb, is a favorite of the swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, who eats his way through the plant until he is big enough to become a chrysalis.  Some of the classes even got to see some caterpillars in action on this plant.  They also learned that blue mistflower is a favorite of the Monarch butterfly, especially during it’s migration through Austin to Mexico every October.

Over in the garden bed, first graders happily created their Cool Color garden by first loosening up the dirt and then planting ornamental kale, ruby crystal grasses, daffodil bulbs, Swiss chard, artemesia, red dianthus, and yellow bush daisy.  They learned about their new drip irrigation system that helps keep the garden watered but helps us conserve water as well.

Great job, first graders.  We look forward to beautiful color from your garden for months to come!

Prepare to stomp!

9 Oct

Our annual wildflower stomp for the entire school is approaching- October 26th!  Parents are invited to join their children during their regular recess time to stomp some seeds in our wildflower meadow.  This year, our seed purchase is aided by a $50 seed grant from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  We’ll use it to purchase seed from Native American Seed.

This is a photo from our wildflower field last spring.

So no boots required for this kind of stomping but we do want all those budding gardeners to join us on October 26th.  See you at the Stomp!