Today We Were a Salad Club

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We finally harvested some of our romaine lettuce growing in the cold frame. We planted the seeds on April 23. So it took a little over a month for them to grow from seeds which is pretty neat!

Lettuce can be harvested and it will grow back 2-3 times per head. When you think about the money one spends on lettuce at the store, it is a lot of savings in money as well as energy! You can also try cutting your own lettuce and putting it in water to try and make it grow.

Here is a picture of the lettuce when it had just started growing.

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Here it is a few days before harvest

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Finally, here it is being enjoyed on our plates!

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Some members even took some of their lettuce home in a container to share with their families!

Exploring Our Worm Compost

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Today we decided to check out our worm compost. Last week we moved all of the food to one side and marked it with the spoons. This week we moved the rich compost into another bin (the worms moved to the spoon side where the food is). We looked for egg sacs, baby worms, and used our macro lens (olloclip) with the ipad to take pictures and video. Filming is hard with a macro lens, so we grabbed a tripod to help. We also got to explore lighting and focusing with the camera which was fun.

Here are some videos of our discoveries as well:

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The Garden Club members truly thought this was the best meeting yet. We have decided to up our meetings to twice a week so we can start working on our gardening guide. It should be an exciting rest of the school year!!

Living Wall

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The Garden Club members were excited to begin planning for the installation of our living wall today. We ordered this through Woolly School Garden and it looks like it is going to be a pretty neat project. We have the opportunity to plant edibles, annuals, and perennials in the hallways of our school.

The students in the club will be responsible to care for the plants and they are really excited to bring a bit of life into the hallways! In order to decide where to put the planters we discussed location, temperature, and traffic of the area. We then took one of the planters and used it as a measurement tool to see if it would fit in the space. You also have to take hanging plant space into consideration.

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In other news we will be starting our seeds soon for our garden as well as mapping out the garden beds based on what plants grow well together. We are in the process of planning a community event and more info will come as that develops!

All in all, a very productive day in Garden Club!

Christmas Flower Arrangements

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Today we did Christmas flower arrangements. We put cranberries, cloves, top of the flowers, pinecones and red ornaments. We put them all together and it smells from the cloves and we put glitter too and everyone had so much fun. – Makayla 4P

Merry Christmas grandma and grandpa! This is a early Christmas gift to you.
It is a mini branch tree. We took little cups,and I put pinecones,cranberries flowers, and glitter all in the mini tree. Hope you love it!
And it’s p.j day and that’s why I’m in p.j’s.๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’ – Mallory 3PG

Today we made gifts for people who we love. And most of us made them for our parents and teachers. We hope you have a nice day.๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘ผโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ
– Sheldon 3PG

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Ornaments and Compost Tea

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This week we decided to try making Christmas ornaments using oranges and cloves. It is recommended that you use an actual orange rather than a Mandarin, but we will see how they turn out!

The most important thing is to cover most of the Orange with cloves as the cloves act as a preservation tool. If done correctly, the ornament should last a few years. We loved the way they smelled and had fun deciding on different patterns and designs.

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The second thing we did this week was check on our indoor composter. We drained the compost tea out. Compost tea is not for human consumption, it is for plants! We diluted it with water and added it to Mrs Doleman’s aloe plant. We will see if it likes this flavour.

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Lastly, we have started to work on videos to accompany our garden club days. As we get the proper permissions and editing figured out you will see more about that. We are excited to get started!

Next week we will be working on making a small Christmas arrangement.

Squash Planters Attempt

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Last week, on November 27th, the Garden Club made squash planters.

Mrs Doleman cut the squash in half before hand and these are the steps we followed:

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  3. We put different wildflower seeds in the dirt
  4. We covered the seeds and watered it
  5. We put the planters on a tray and put them in the atrium (some natural sunlight comes in from the window)IMG_0146
  6. We waited.

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Here are words to describe what we see: soft, mold, some seedlings, smelly, gross, weird.

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When we looked at our planters, we observed that they did not hold water as well as we thought they would. We noticed that they got really moldy. Ryan noticed some seeds had actually sprouted when he was collecting the planters. The planters have started to decompose. We observed the smaller squash had not begun to mold. The bigger squash had a lot of mold. We took one of the smaller squash with less mold and decided to try submerging it in soil.

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What we will do differently next time:

  • Maybe add some worms โ€“ Makayla
  • We could try to plant seeds in a different container โ€“ Chigoa

Rather than fill the garbage can with decomposing squash, we decided to start trying out our indoor composter. We sprinkled Bokashi on the bottom, and started squishing the squash so that there was more surface area exposed (we used gloves of course!). The result was some gagging, and almost a full container. We are going to observe its progress. The planting itself doesnโ€™t seem to be a success, but we are learning about decomposition, seeds, and composting.

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Aquaponics in 4Pezz

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By: Mathew
Aquaponics is a plant system that feeds the plants and it has fish and when the fish poo it gives the plants food. The plants cleans the dirty water for the fish. Having aquaponics is fun to have in the class. We planted peas, peppers, cucumber.
By: Jada
Aquaponics is fish and plants that help each other grow. There is two tubes. One of the tubes that goes up and one that goes down. The one that goes up come from fish. There is fish poop in that one. The goes down one is clean water. I planted cucumber. It is fun and I love it.
By: Cheyeanne
Aquaponics is a system that combines fish and plants together. It works with two tubes in there. The dirty water from the fishes goes to the plants they sucked it up and the clean water goes down to the fish. We planted spinach, peas, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, and oregano. And I think itโ€™s great to have plants in the classroom.

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By: Adam
Aquaponics is a structure where fish help plants grow. Fish poo and the plants use it as fertilizer. We planted peas, cucumber, and spinach. It is good. I like having fish in the class.
By: Sofia
Aquaponics is something like having a plant and a fish together. The water is absorbed the clean water so fish can be alive. We planted tomatoes, and spinach. It is nice and fun to look at the garden.
By: Jhonerey
Aquaponics is a type of cycle that goes round and round. First the fishies pee or poop which makes the water dirty. So there are tubes that suck them up and rises up to the roots of the plant, the roots of the plane sucks it to the plant which help it grow, and clean the water then the water goes back down. We planted oregano, peas, and others. Aquaponics is awesome in our class. Itโ€™s incredible.
By Kyle:
Aquaponics is a garden with plants and fish. The seeds use the water from the fish to grow. The plants clean the water for the fish. We planted tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, and peas. I like having aquaponics in the class because I like plants.
By Yuan:
Aquaponics is a form of garden where you need fish and plants to work together to make the plants grow. First the fish poop and the poop goes up in a tube to the top and become fertilizer for the plants, the plants absorb it and grow. We planted peas, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, and oregano. Itโ€™s like having a garden inside.

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By: Chigoa
Aquaponics is like growing plants and fish. The fish poo. The poo goes to the plants so the plants grow up and the plants clean the fish water. We planted tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, peas,
and oregano. I like having aquaponics because it helps us to learn science.
By: Aldrich
An aquaponic is a fish tank and a little garden that is together. How it works is the fish poops and it come on the top where is the garden so it could store more food, and the plants clean the water for the fish. We planted tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, oregano, peas, spinach, and other plants. I think it is a lot of fun!
By: Kevin
Aquaponics is a system that combines fish and plants to make the system work. First the fish poo then the tube sucks up the dirty water gets filtered and it makes the plant grow. The things we planted are tomatoes, cucumber, oregano, peas, spinach, pepper. It is good to have aquaponics because it helps the environment.

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By Makayla:
Aquaponics has fish at the bottom and the plants are at the top. The fish poop goes to the plants for fertilizer and the plants clean the water for the fish. We planted peas, tomatoes, cucumber, oregano, spinach, and peppers. Itโ€™s cool to have one because we planted some food and its cool to see fish.