THISTLETOWN IS GROWING UP AND GROWING OUT
Sprouting garden plants are a reassuring symbol of the closing of winter and the inevitable arrival of spring! Warmer temperatures and longer periods of sunlight characteristic of April have been followed by signs of life at the Thistletown Collegiate Institute Schoolyard Garden.
Perennial crops like rhubarb, chives, garden sorrel, are early spring risers, as are crops set out in the late fall like garlic. These are some of the first crops GROWING UP and initiating the garden's transformation from it's cool winter appearance to a lush green vegetable patch. Annual vegetable crops including peas and onions and spinach are quite hardy, and can be seeded in early spring, several weeks before the average frost free day. Direct seeding cold weather crops in April helps ensure early spring harvests. Spring is also an important season for setting out bare root and potted trees to ensure they are in place and readied for setting strong roots as the cool weather and short days give way to the increasingly summery weather. The Schoolyard Garden at Thistletown is GROWING OUT, expanding beyond the existing garden boundaries outward to encompass the entire lawn space up to Fordwich Crescent, with an initial planting of various fruit trees, to be followed by the establishment of additional raised beds for cultivation of vegetable crops.
|RHUBARB STALKS EXPOSED FROM BELOW A WINTER LEAF MULCH SHOW VARIOUS STAGES IN THE CONVERSION OF LEAVES FROM SUNLIGHT DEPRIVED ORANGEY-YELLOW COLOURS INTO PHOTOSYNTHETICALLY ACTIVE GREEN|
|CHIVES GROWING STEADILY IN EARLY SPRING DESPITE WIDE FLUCTUATIONS BETWEEN TEMPERATURE HIGHS AND LOWS, AND CONSISTENTLY COOL, WET SRING WEATHER|
|GARLIC PLANTED IN OCTOBER 2014 BY GRADE 3 ELMLEA JUNIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS LOOKS HEALTHY IN EARLY SPRING UNDER A LOOSE MAT OF STRAW MULCH APPLIED IN A LAYER 6-12" DEEP|
|GARLIC SPROUTING EARLY SPRING IN COMPANION PLANTING SCHEME WITH NEIGHBOURING STRAWBERRY PATCH, DESIGNED TO DISSUADE INSECT PEST DAMAGE TO FRUIT CROP|
|FRUIT TREES (APPLE, PEAR, CHERRY, PLUM)|
READY FOR PLANTING IN
THISTLETOWN COLLEGIATE'S EARTH DAY, APRIL 22ND, 2015
|NEW SIGNAGE IMPROVES COMMUNICATION WITH VOLUNTEERS AND ADMIRERS OF THE GARDEN'S CROPPING SCHEME|
|THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE TCI GARDEN EXPANSION: FRUIT TREES AND SHRUBS ARE PLACED AND PREPARED FOR PLANTING IN THE LAWN ADJACENT TO THE EXISTING GARDEN SPACE|
|APPLE TREES PLANTED BY MR. H'S CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE BRAEBURN NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM|