This is the 1st year for REACH Garden Club. The North East Co-op got permission to build several raised beds.
Garden Club is a Green Steps project for restoring habitat. This Green Steps project has 3 components:
- Students learn something about growing edible plants.
- Do something to restore natural plant habitats.
- Teach others about what they have learned about garden care and maintenance.
We planned this project for the North East Co-op location–where students meet once a week to engage in learning activities. This learning co-op meets at Killian Baptist Church in Blythewood.
Sal from Sal’s Feed and Seed helped mentor our Garden Club.
LEARN: Weekly lessons introduced students to a variety of topics about gardening. Students learned about what to plant during the various times of the year. They sprouted seeds and propagated from cuttings. They learned about organic and natural practices. All the main ingredients necessary for plants to grow: sun, water, soil. We even had a visit from Sal’s Feed and Seed (we think she’s our very own Ms. Frizzle!)
Garden Club students placing fertilizer in the garden.
DO: The students got their hands dirty each week maintaining and caring for the garden boxes. They got to see several varieties of plants grow enough to get to eat some of their own harvests.
Sprouting seeds–It works!
Garden club students sprouted seedlings.
TEACH OTHERS: All you have to do is ask for a tour–and you’ll find several willing volunteers to show you around the garden boxes. They might mix up a few of the plant names. But, they make up for their little mistakes with lots of enthusiasm.
Garden Club student points out the onions she planted.
We had two sessions: Fall and Spring. So we got a new crop of students into Gardening…along with a new crop of plants in the spring garden boxes.
Listen as a couple of the students tell what they have planted in the Spring Semester.
What’s in the garden? Sunflowers, Broccoli and Cabbage