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.😘😘😘💐 – 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.💐🌻🌎🌏👼☺️☺️
– Sheldon 3PG
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Garden Club members scooped out the seeds
- We put dirt in the hole
- We put different wildflower seeds in the dirt
- We covered the seeds and watered it
- We put the planters on a tray and put them in the atrium (some natural sunlight comes in from the window)
- We waited.
Here is the result after one week.
Here are words to describe what we see: soft, mold, some seedlings, smelly, gross, weird.
Ana noticed that three of the squash were sticking together.
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.
What we will do differently next time:
- Maybe add some worms – Makayla
- We could try to plant seeds in a different container – 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 doesn’t seem to be a success, but we are learning about decomposition, seeds, and composting.
Written by Mrs Doleman and members of the Garden Club