Hello Garden Friends,
Ahhh yes the apple tree is blossoming and the fig tree is leafing out, the signs of spring are all around. The newly transplanted cabbage are growing quickly, as are the weeds; Thus the inspiration for todays lesson. After breezing through the intro with the third and fourth graders, we identified the two different types of weeds.. Bermuda grass and Mallow. Bermuda grass was brought here to support the cattle ranching business. With fast growing rhizomes that spread quickly even through compacted clay the Bermuda grass makes a formidable opponent when trying to grow vegetables or in this case Aloe.
As for Mallow, it comes out much more easily, and it’s edible! The children to the left show off their catch.
After the older kids helped me clean the garden the stage was set for garden art with the young ones. We looked for bugs and watered the compost then harvested some beet stems so that we can color on pieces of wood. Here you can see the “crayon” that was used to dye the woodchip pink.
Enjoy the pictures! Until next time,