The K3M class have been learning about the life-cycle of plants. We planted some pumpkin seeds in class a month ago and have been excitedly tend and watch them grow into seedlings. Last week they were ready to be transplanted into the Global Garden. We'll be looking after them and hope to see them grow into a fine harvest! We will be trying our hand at growing melons and tomatoes over the coming weeks among other fruit and vegetables too. Wish us luck!
For the past few weeks the sixth-grade students have watched the pods develop on the bottom of the plants first and then more beans appeared, working their way upwards. The plants reached more than 4 feet tall. Once the students picked the beans, they decided to make a fava bean salad that they shared with other students and staff in the school's canteen. Later on, they started harvesting the sugar snap peas. They couldn't resist the crunchy texture and sweet flavor that they proceeded to eat them raw right out of the garden. They were delicious!
Our fava beans also called broad bean plants are up and growing! They are upright, bushy and flowery, but they are not forming the pods yet. By next week, we will be able to see them.The purple-spotted white flowers are attracting the bees which are great for pollination. In science, the sixth graders have learned the importance of bee-pollination and how they significantly improve the number of pods and yield of seeds. We were very pleased to see them in our garden this week! The students also helped with weeding; they pulled the weeds from the roots so they don't compete with the plants for water, sunlight, and nutrients. We look forward to our weekly visit to the garden!
It's that time of the year again! The sixth graders prepared the soil and beds. First, they proceeded to loosen the existing soil with a spading fork and shovel. Then, they added both soil and compost that was taken from another school location. They raked the surface smooth to increase water retention. The students made holes and shallow trenches; placed bean, and beet seeds, making sure they've left enough space between each seed. We have been blessed with rain lately, there was no need to water the soil as it was already moist. The students worked together very well with great enthusiasm. Participating in soil transformation process, they have learned the importance of good soil in agriculture. Once back in class, they recorded what they have planted in their science journal.
I am so pleased at the progress in our school global garden over the past few months. Miss Katie and her Kindergarten class have been busy painting their pots earlier in the week in readiness for the re-potting of their sunflowers today. The students loved it! They also planted peppers, onions, aubergines, nasturtiums, snapdragons, pansies and marigolds a couple of weeks back. Some have already started sprouting, this week's rain certainly helped! They hope to start on pumpkins next week!
The Kindergartners in Miss Katie’s class are growing sunflowers in pots. They’re beautiful and easy to grow. The children filled their own pots with compost and inserted their seeds. Then they watered them. Each pot has the student’s name.
Earlier this year we have planted vegetables. It was time to harvest, so with a shovel and the help of our gardeners, the sixth graders dug up the potatoes. They were small, round, smooth and delicious! Carrots, radishes, sweet peas were also ready to harvest. Great teamwork AST students!
Over the past three months and with the help of our school gardener Mr. Mohamed AST students have been busy planting and seeding. The Garden is flourishing. The students planted beans, carrots, herbs and potatoes.