- harvesting garlic and hanging it in the back shed for curing
- harvesting turnips and peas, then replanting the area for fall
- planting salad greens for fall
- planting beans for fall
- staking and pruning tomatoes
- general weeding
Recent rains coupled with warm sunshine make for a happy school garden (not to mention thriving mosquito population)! It's time to harvest a few things and replant for fall. While it's not an officially scheduled workday, the gardener-in-residence will be at the school on Friday morning around 8am to do some work in the front garden plots and overflow garden. Anyone is welcome to join in the fun, and will be encouraged to take home some midsummer vegetables in return!
Due to chilly, wet weather, the first summer workday is postponed until Thursday, June 29 5:30-7:30pm.
The first summer garden workday is Wednesday, June 28 from 5:30-7:30pm. (Note: the weather forecast calls for rain all day and we may need to reschedule for Thursday, June 29. If this is the case, an announcement will be posted here and on Facebook by afternoon.) Bring your own picnic dinner, work gloves and bug spray. There will be tasks for everyone; families are welcome!
Mark your calendars for summer in the garden!
Crestwood students have been working hard planting the school gardens and everyone is eager to see everything grow over the summer for a bountiful fall harvest!
Want to help maintain the gardens over the summer? Families are invited to our summer workdays:
Wednesday, June 28 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday, July 27 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, August 23 5:30-7:30pm
BYO picnic dinner and bug spray. Enjoy a taste of ripe vegetables from the garden. Be ready for weed pulling and other maintenance tasks.
Want to adopt the gardens for a week during the summer? Tasks include watering and weeding. Perks include getting to know other outdoor volunteers, collecting ripe vegetables that ripen over the summer, and the satisfaction that comes from working with your hands in good, clean dirt!
For more information, contact Ginny Hughes at ginny [at] communitygroundworks [dot] org or our Gardener-in-Residence, Susan Gaeddert, at susan [at] communitygroundworks [dot] org, or check our website (crestwoodoe.weebly.com)
What a funny spring it's been! There have been a few warm days here and there, with plenty of wet, blustery days and cold nights in between. The school garden has gotten a lot of attention, but many of the plants are slow to grow. We would all benefit from a little more warm sunshine.
In any case, it's been a while (too long) since the blog has been updated, so here's a quick run-down of what's been keeping us busy outside.
Love Madison Sunday was May 7. Fortunately, it was a beautiful sunny day! A hard-working group of volunteers from Blackhawk church joined Crestwood volunteers to spread wood chips on the trails in the woods and do some garden clean-up. We had helpers of all ages and sizes!
Crestwood students are very good at digging, and spent the first two weeks of the spring garden curriculum clearing cover crop from the garden plots.
Mr. Moyer's Kindergarten class planted asparagus, which they will enjoy every spring for years to come!
Several classes made mini-greenhouses out of used milk jugs to start seeds...
...and nearly all those seeds have sprouted and are growing like gangbusters! Now we just need warm weather to transplant them.
We planted root vegetables in the back garden plots.
In the fall, this area should be thick with carrots, beets, turnips and potatoes, all perfect ingredients for Stone Soup!
Of course there are new things to see outside every day. The longer hours of daylight and all the rain means that everything is looking lush and green.
Be sure to keep checking this space for more updates, especially info on summer maintenance and volunteer opportunities.
Sunday May 7 from 9-12 join volunteers from Blackhawk church and the Crestwood community for our annual spring workday. We'll clear the woods of invasive weeds and shrubs, spread mulch, fence the garden plots and more. Families welcome!
Our annual Love Sunday workday event is Sunday, May 7 from 9-3. Join volunteers from Blackhawk church from 9-12 and Crestwood families in the afternoon. We'll be spreading wood chips, pulling invasive weeds, doing garden maintenance and more! Families welcome. We'll have tasks for all ages.
Community GroundWorks is seeking an experienced educator and grower to serve as Gardener-In-Residence at Crestwood and Lapham Elementary Schools. Candidate must have at least two years experience facilitating outdoor youth programs and gardening or farming using sustainable and/or organic practices. For a detailed job description and application instructions click here.
To learn more about Crestwood Elementary School's extensive outdoor education program peruse this website or find us on Facebook here.
To learn more about Lapham Elementary School's Outdoor Classroom and Community Garden, click here or find us on Facebook here.
Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying for one or both schools. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.
It feels like winter whooshed by and spring is coming early. Above freezing temperatures during the day and frost at night means it's time to tap the maple trees! If you're thinking it's early in the season, you'd be right. The reality of climate change is that our winters are becoming shorter and weather patterns are more erratic. But when the sap flows, you gotta be ready to tap!
Mrs. Herdina's 2nd grade did just that this week. Below is a slideshow from their trip to the maple tree. There are several dozen photos included! Special thanks to the volunteers who assisted the class and took pictures to share.
Crestwood's OE committee is dedicated to outdoor learning for all students.