Sunday, March 17, 2013

After School Link Up

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Spring weather is slowly starting to creep into our neck of the woods and it has been a great week to be outdoors.  My oldest son's school has a garden and I helped his class plant radishes and bok choy this week.  I can tell you, gardening with kids is a fun and educational time!  We had discussions around math when figuring out how to space the rows and seeds and then again when we calculated when we should see growth and finally harvest.  We discussed why we were planting these kinds of seed vs something like a tomato plant.  We talked about how we should prepare our soil (we do all organic gardening, btw) and what we needed to do to care for our newly planted garden.  
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This was his class plot from last year.  I should add that we do a tasting with the kids after harvest.  We use this recipe for radish leaf pesto and it is exceptional and most of the kids love it!

On the home front, my kids and I started talking about our own garden and what we wanted to plant this year.  You can see our sensory gardens from 2011 here and 2012 here

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Our sensory garden from 2012.

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Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

It's so fun that you help kids garden. Your sensory gardens are awesome!

momandkiddo said...

Radishes are so satisfying to grow. They start early and grow fast!

Christy Killoran said...

It's so cool that your school has a garden!!! Is it a public school?
Oh, and I bought baby bok choy for the first time ever today - I'm using it in a green smoothie, but I'm hoping to learn more about it and use it other ways.

Kelly said...

Hi Christy! Yes, it is a public school. The school had the land for the garden and the PTA supported starting it. Since then, we've had continued support from the PTA, local restaurants and businesses, and a local garden club. Parents from each class help the kids keep a plot. The teachers use it for science, math, art, and even for writing/journal prompts.