Archive | May, 2013

Friday in the Garden 05.17.2013

17 May
Did you know it was our last day in the garden (Kate)? First we started our observations like usual (Kara & Lily). One thing we noticed was our tree that we voted on is growing leaves (Sierra). Another new observation was the pumpkins we buried now have new pumpkins (Bhavya). We also saw a tree that didn’t have any leaves and it looked like it was dying. The most exciting change we saw was a GIANT zucchini (Abby)! It came from the seeds we planted (Herath)! Wow! It was so big (Price)! 

After that we made a nature web by answering questions about nature and holding a part of string if we got the question right (Rex). The nature web stands for interdependence (Kayla). 

After that our teacher got to harvest the humongous zucchini (Vilina). 

Ms. Bonnie cut it up and we got to eat a piece with yummy pesto (Max). It tasted AMAZING (Courtney)!

 Good bye, Garden! We’ll see you next year (Caroline)

Monarch waystation

3 May

At the Titan Garden we are proud to be a certified Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch. Being a waystation means that we have made a commitment to grow certain plants that support the monarch migration, plants that allow monarchs to stop on their long, multi-generational migration and feed and reproduce to continue the journey. One of the critical plants for the migration is milkweed. There are many types of milkweed, but we have chosen two for our garden, planted them only 18 months ago, and have been watching every since.
Last week we were rewarded when there was an initial sighting of one monarch caterpillar.

We were ecstatic but within days, our sighting of one caterpillar was eclipsed by our sighting of dozens of monarch caterpillars- up to 25 in a single day!
So please enjoy some pictures from our monarch party in the Titan Garden. We feel honored to have assisted with such an amazing journey

Safe travels, little guys!

Nature connections

3 May

As we get toward the end of our school year and our garden classes, we are bringing a lot of environmental concepts together with our student gardeners. What do the following have in common?

Our students are learning this week that they are all members of the same food chain. And they are also learning that the numbers of each of these animals that exist in nature is critical to the food chain not collapsing.

But why do we care about a food chain that doesn’t involve us? Because every action that we take in nature, good and bad, can have consequences on animals that we have never even seen. And in the same way, actions taken on the other side of the world can have consequences on our very own food chain.

Our Titan Gardeners have been amazing this year and we are so proud of them for approaching each topic we discuss with such good thoughts. And we hope that our discussion of food chains encourages them to think beyond themselves when they take actions big and small that might affect other living things .