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Browsing Archive: September, 2012

Saving the Sunflower Seeds

Posted by elden sandy on Sunday, September 9, 2012,
This week students placed paper grocery bags around the largest sunflowers, then taped the open end tightly around the stem of the sunflower. The flowers are past their prime and the plant is preparing the seeds to fall out of the flower. The bags around the flower will catch the seeds and will prevent them from being eaten by birds or squirrels.


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Feeding the Compost Bin

Posted by elden sandy on Sunday, September 9, 2012,
The gardener cuts the lawns around the church/school campus on Thursdays and dumps some of the grass clippings near the garden compost bin. Every Thursday after school, students move the clippings into plastic tubs that they then dump into the compost bin, filling it to the top. Bacteria fueled by the nitrogen in the grass clippings begin to break down the grass clippings almost immediately producing an alfalfa-like smell and heating the center of the bin up to 150 degrees. Water is an import...
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A New School Year & Time to Harvest

Posted by elden sandy on Saturday, September 1, 2012,
The CCS school year started on August 26. Student interest in the garden was rekindled when they could see that the seeds that they planted in May were now mature plants with fruit and vegetables ready to harvest. After school on Thursday of that week we had the students pick tomatoes (45) and corn (12 ears). The corn would have been better had it been picked a few days earlier as the kernels were starting to become starchy. Students also weeded, watered and thinned the carrots.

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