Sunday, 31 May 2015

Spring has Sprung at Elmbank JMI!

Boy, what a weird spring we've had this year! Seems like mother Nature went right from Winter into summer in just a few short weeks! May is a trickster month, and you can never be sure of what you are going to get, but despite the wonky ups and downs of the temperature, coupled with the lack of rain, things are really getting growing at Elmbank so far!

The most exciting updates from this spring are the addition of 6 fruit trees and 14 berry shrubs, generously donated by the TDSB sustainability office! Students will soon be able to enjoy amazing fresh fruit varieties like japanese yellow plum, haskap berries, currants, logan berries, gooseberries, thornless raspberries, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, and 2 varieties of apples and pears! What a fruit basket!

The kids have been a great help in the garden, from planting to watering to mulching, kids from every grade have been helping out with their classes or just coming on their own during recess to help out "Gardener Natalie" wherever she needs it.

As our radishes, lettuce, spinach, kale and arugula are ready to harvest, we're starting to see our peas, beans, corn, beets and carrots start to poke their heads out and say hello! With just under a month to go, the kids will get to experience harvesting and tasting lots more vegetables before summer break begins, and I"m happy to report that even the most hesitant child eventually taste tests everything Garden Natalie puts in their hands. We're learning that you don't have to like it, but you should always try new things before making a judgement about them!

Next up: Garden picnic tables! Gardener Natalie has picked up some DIY picnic table kits and the kids will be helping to decorate them in the coming weeks, and can look forward to a more formal outdoor classroom space for the fall!

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