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Gardening at Washington Open


Garden PictureHave you checked out the Washington Open Garden recently?  A dedicated team of parents has been working tirelessly to upgrade and beautify the garden areas.  Be sure to stop by and see the amazing results!

Washington Open's gardening program offers an opportunity for our students to nurture and appreciate nature while learning how plants grow. Students of all grade levels learn to take care of plants and vegetables in our on-campus garden. The harvests are used in cooking projects.


SUGGESTED CENTER ACTIVITIES

Plant something!  

Consider changing out your classroom bed:  Annual flowers that match the season; seasonal produce (ask if the group has extras!)

Observe the garden

A lot is happening in the garden this month. The changing season has brought a changing landscape.  What changes do you see?

Gardening tasks

Weeding, observation of the change in seasons, planting, journaling

Edible Garden Introduction: Rules, Picking, Tasting

Stop at the fence, read rules together, tell students where to meet within the garden or at your classroom garden beds (stumps, platform bench…), describe activity, commence!

Tasting & Cooking

Herb tea with lemon

UPCOMING EVENTS

October

10/1: Farm stand: final harvest distribution

10/1-10/18: Garden prep

10/19: Planting day

November

11/1-11/30: Tending transplants, weeding

 

WANTED: COMPOSTING ENTHUSIAST

Share your passion for regeneration, preservation, and waste management with the next generation! Help us develop a composting program for the school garden.

 


WHAT'S GROWING ON?

 

The season is coming to an end!  Please enjoy your harvest as it becomes ripe. If you take a walk through the garden with your classes, encourage everyone to gently harvest the produce.

 

AVAILABLE FOR HARVEST THIS MONTH

Cherry tomatoes

Strawberries (as they ripen)

Herbs

Zucchini

 

COMING SOON!

Pumpkins and Watermelons

 

**Can your classroom adopt a seedling flat?