January in the School Garden
Updated: Feb 25, 2022
We have been so excited to return to our gardens after Christmas; curious to see what our kale, arugula, mustard greens, romaine, pac-choy have been up too. We were very surprised to see that they are thriving and tasting delicious. We decided to add some extra bedding so we've been collecting buckets of leaves to give them a cozy cover. We know the leaves protect our soils from being depleted by the rain and all of the nutrients we have built up over the last several years.
While covering our beds, we discovered hundreds of nasturtium seeds from our plants last spring. We know that the best seeds for our area are the ones we harvest from our own plants. We look forward to sharing some as a fundraiser for our gardening programs.
PS did you know nasturtium flowers taste yummy in a salad?
We've been busy bees adding buckets of wood chips to create pathways in our gardens that let our visitors know where to walk. There are so many little plants! We don't want to accidentally step on them.
Our composter is getting top full as we add greens and browns twice a week. Time to put that one to bed till spring and start another.
We can't wait to work alongside our Elders soon. They have been transplanting rhubarb, blueberry bushes, and strawberries to give them more room to grow. And now, we have a new spot for our "free-play" gardening that they have built for us.
We had so much fun both in rain and sun getting to know our gardens again!