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Learning Garden Spring Update

Growing in the Learning Garden is underway!

Thank you to everyone who brought in their clean plastic pint containers. Those, along with milk cartons from the lunchroom have been put to use for seed starting. Back in March students in 2nd, 4th and 5th grade started seeds indoors and many other classrooms have started seeds as well.

The students worked to provide the right amount of light and water to the seedlings to encourage their growth. And seedlings started indoors are in the process of being hardened off for a few hours outdoors most days. This helps the plants grow strong stems to hold up to the natural elements, and curious hands from our kids, once they are planted outdoors.

The Outdoor Learning Spaces Committee received seed donations from High Mowing Seed Co. and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. and once soil was delivered the classrooms got started with their indoor seedlings.

Funds from the Big Green Jumpstart Grant were used to purchase grow lights, lap trays, shelving, and picnic blankets for flexible seating to support the learning that happens in the garden.

Some seed varieties are sown directly into the garden. These plants are quick growing and often have delicate root systems making transplanting a risk. Some of the plants started indoors didn’t make it long, and that is all part of the process of starting seeds!

Here’s what to look for in the garden this year:

  • Red Scarlet Zinnia

  • Genevese Basil

  • Sweet Thai Basil

  • Lemon Basil

  • Santo Cilantro

  • Italian Parsley

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

  • Greensleeves Dill

  • Toma Verde Tomatillo

  • Sweetie Cherry Tomato

  • Chadwick Cherry Tomatoes

  • Candlelight Hot Peppers

  • Bullnose Sweet Peppers

  • Strawberry Watermelon

  • Kajari Melon

  • Crystal Apple Cucumbers

  • China Jade Cucumbers

  • Buhl Sweet Corn

  • Birdhouse Gourds

  • Marigolds

  • Strawberry Spinach

  • Onions

  • Mustard Greens

  • Chinese Broccoli

  • Albino Beets

  • Lolla Rosa Lettuce

  • Sensational Blend Cosmos

  • Pacific Beauty Calendula

  • Green Towers Romaine

The care and keeping of our learning garden requires the support of our whole Hamilton community. Since most of the growing happens during the summer we need families to volunteer to help tend the gardens.

Volunteers will need to water in the morning, and sometimes in the evening if the weather is particularly hot. Weed control is important as well. But anything you can harvest from the garden is fair game! Help yourself.

If you are interested in helping to tend the Learning Garden this summer please fill out this form and the Outdoor Learning Spaces Committee will be in touch with more information.

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