Gardening

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Sign created by RH students.

Garden Plan Garden Maps

Fall 2013 Update
We harvested potatoes and cherry tomatoes - yum!
We found a rogue pumpkin growing out of the old compost pile - neat!
We were happy to welcome the bees who were enjoying our sunflowers, which were big and full of seeds too!
We had a concrete bunker installed in the summer with our kindergarten yard revitalization project. It intrudes slightly on the garden, so we will remove the center bed. We will be able to share the storage space, and it will give us a canvas for future garden signs and murals.

July 2013 Update
A big thanks to Dave Paulsen for taking on the responsibility of summer garden maintainance and working to cut grass, trim weeds and water the vegetables.
If you are walking by, stop and take a look at the garden. Check out what's growing at Regent Heights this month:
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Baby watermelon plants!
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A garlic flower getting ready to release its seeds.


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Beans are ready for picking!
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Mrs. Vernon was pulling weeds and look what she found...potatoes! Hopefully we'll have lots more in September.




June 2013 Update
The kindergarten students in Room 3 have been working hard with Mrs.Vernon to get the garden ready. Jobs included pulling weeds and adding compost to make the soil healthy. Dill seeds and baby potatoes were planted and given lots of water to drink. Bean seeds inside were grown in class and then transplanted out into garden.
Older students also helped in the garden this month. Grade 3 students with Ms. Davison and Ms. Grais cared for and planted sunflower seedlings. Grade 4/5 students with Mr. Sedore planted seeds for cabbage, beets, and watermelon (our favourite!). Grade 6 students planted sugar snap peas (thanks to Nahiyan and Rachel).
We look forward to seeing what happens to our plants over the summer!
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Kindergarten green beans

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Grade 3 sunflower seedling
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Grade 6 sugar snap peas






















November 2012 Update
The gardening season is coming to a close.
This fall, we have harvested baby cantaloupe, cherry and plum tomatoes, bok choy, beans, and lettuce seeds.
Unfortunately, our pumpkins, eggplant, peppers and onions did not produce fruit this season.
Our broccoli, potatoes and carrots are being harvested this month.

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Tasting a fresh carrot; yum!




July 2012 Update
A big thank you to the Manogar family, the Vlahos-Bachoumis family and the Morta family for helping keep our garden watered during the summer. If you see them around, please say thanks!
If you stop by the garden this month, you will see some new signs to help you learn what's growing this year. Special thanks to Noshin Biswas, Jesseca Bicomong, Sarah Grais Asaad, and Farhanaz Rahman for their artistic and linguistic talents to help make our signs!
Here's a preview:
Signs 004.JPGRH Garden July 2012 010.JPG Lettuce is growing tall and going to seed!
Signs 003.JPG RH Garden July 2012 001.JPGPumpkins from Room 2 are getting ready to take over!
Signs 002.JPGRH Garden July 2012 008r.jpg Melons from Room 4 are getting a good start!
Signs 001.JPGRH Garden July 2012 007.JPGPotatoes from Room 8 are popping up everywhere!



May 2012 Update
The gardening season has begun!
Outside, we had to do lots of weeding and tidying up. Then, in the middle of April, our Grade 5 students planted peas and lettuce. If you visit the garden you can see the new plants peeking above the soil!
Inside, we are giving some plants a head start. The students in Rooms 6, 27 and 29 have planted sunflowers, tomatoes and peppers. They will care for them until the seedlings are ready to go outside in June.
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Peas Sprouting - May 2012
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Tomato Seedlings in Room 27








February 2012 Update
We are starting to plan this year's garden.
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The wish list for crops from staff and students includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, basil, parsley, beans, peas, lettuce, pumpkins, potatoes, carrots, eggplant, and squash! Wow! We're going to have to make more room.
Since there is currently no snow, we will soon be "solarizing" more garden beds (see photo on the left for an example). This means covering grass in the garden with cardboard, then soil, then black plastic, and weighing it down to hold it in place. This blocks light and heats up the grass, which kills it, making it easier to dig the soil underneath into a new garden bed in the spring.
In math class, our grade 5 students measured the garden and created a design for our 2 new beds. Coming soon to a garden near you!











October 2011 Update
We have had a successful harvest of tomatoes, potatoes and carrots!
Check out our recipes below to see how we enjoyed our vegetables:
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Mmm...looking good.
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Lots of chopping required!
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The remains of salsa fresca.

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Salsa on the stove.

Grade 8 Garden Salsa Recipe

2 cups fresh chopped tomatoes -------------------1/2 cup finely chopped onion---------------1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro or parsley ---- 2 Tbsp lime juice ---------------------------If you like it hot, add some finely chopped jalepeno pepper
For salsa fresca, stir all ingredients together. Let sit 10 minutes. Enjoy with corn chips!
For cooked salsa, put all ingredients in pot on stove. Add a little salt. Cook over low heat, stirring often, for about 10 minutes.
Let cool. Store in a jar in the fridge. Keeps about one week. Try it in tacos, on pasta, or with chicken.

Grade 4/5 Garden Potato Chips Recipe

A bunch of potatoes, (enough to fill a cookie sheet or baking tray)
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil (or olive oil)
salt, pepper, mixed herbs and spices (for example, oregano, basil and chili)
Chop the potatoes into thin circles. Put them in a bowl. Add oil. Stir until potatoes are well coated.
Spread potato slices on a baking sheet. They should be close together, but not on top of each other.
Sprinkle a little salt and whatever herbs and spices you like on top.
Bake at 400C for 30 minutes, or until chips are golden brown. Serve warm.

Grade 5/6 Fresh Carrots Recipe

Plant carrot seeds. Watch and water for 3 months. After a rainy day, pull up the carrots.
Wash. No peeling required. Eat. A fresh, healthy and tasty snack!
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A Room 8 student picking a carrot!

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Mmm....carrots.




September 2011 Update

A BIG thank you to the Manogar family for being responsible for watering the garden during our hot dry summer.


Photos from summer 2011:
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Potato blossoms!
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Carrots growing!
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Tomatoes ready to harvest!