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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Flowers Feed the Soul

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  ~Lindley Karstens

Today was a very cold day in the garden.  It was in the 40's when we arrived there at 8 o'clock this morning!  The kids were clearly just as cold when they came out.  In spite of the temperature, it was indeed a lovely day.  The sun shined brightly over the garden.  We spread some mulch, but overall, there was not much to do for maintenance now that we have reached the close of the semester.  The corn is coming along quite well and we found an enormous gourd, which was really cool.

Today was our last day with the kids.  We did a scavenger hunt and leaf rubbing.  During the scavenger hunt, we broke the kids into two groups and took them into the garden.  We asked them to find a variety of things (e.g. something red, a bug) and then took pictures of the objects they found.  We harvested the remaining ripe carrots and green beans and the kids took them back to their classroom to share.  It was quite encouraging to see them enjoying the vegetables from the garden!

It was sad to say goodbye to the kids.  I plan to be back next semester but I am not sure that I will have the same class.  They were a really great group of kids and it's wonderful to see the impact we've had on them, as well as the amount they have learned.  Until next semester...Happy Holidays!


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