Thursday, June 19, 2014

Garden Mountain

One of our families invited us to help plant their garden.  About a month
ago we had a small group visit Vivian and Millie’s house.
Vivian had an interesting theory; each plant needs a certain depth for their roots so what if the garden was a hill, like a mountain, would everything grow?
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She had a plan drawn explaining where each seed would be planted according
to the space their root needed.
We started at the top of the mountain to plant popcorn.
What a great experience to dig into the soil and get our hands dirty pushing the seeds into the ground.  We also practiced sounds of letters to help us decide what each seed started with so we could print the name on a stick.
Can you guess the next seed?  It starts with a ‘k’ sound.
Vivian showed us how to sprinkle the carrot seeds from our fists.
Next was pumpkins that needed to be poked into the soil and covered.
Then we stretched a short fence around half of the mountain to plant peas.  The children measured the depth of the hole by using their finger and planted a seed in front of each fence peg.
Lastly we erected a bamboo teepee.  The children shovelled dirt around the poles to help secure it to the ground.
Around each pole they planted beans.  As the beans grow they will climb the pole.
We finished gardening by giving the mountain a good rainfall.

One month later
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Pumpkin,                                                   beans,
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peas                                                                    and carrots
                                           are all growing. 

Thanks Vivian and Millie for teaching us about seeds and growing a garden mountain.

We’ll be back in the fall to help harvest.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Maureen and all our StrongStart friends!

    I was just out this morning to check on our mountain and the pumpkins have nearly double in size already! I will send update pictures to Maureen as soon as I can. Please join us this July for a check in party. We will be able to harvest some carrots, beans, and peas by then!

    Party will be Wednesday, July 30th from 10:00-11:30 all welcome!
    If you are coming please RSVP if you can. This will help me prepare for the refreshments.