Summer is finally here! Which means while the kids are away enjoying some much-needed time off, the garden will be growing like crazy (we hope).
Nine classes came out to the garden this year, as well as the neighborhood Daisy troop. Thanks to all of those snow days tacked on at the end of the school year, two of the classes got to harvest what they sowed: radishes and sugar snap peas.
The rest of the classes will have to wait until the fall to see their carrots, green beans, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, and nasturtiums. Some of those will come up in the middle of the summer and will require a second secret planting to satisfy expectations. Kids don’t want to hear your excuses about the length of summer vacation versus the speedy growth habits of certain plants. They’re not impressed with your multitude of photos set forth as proof of a bountiful harvest. All they know is someone ate their carrots and it wasn’t them. They want to see and hold and taste the actual thing they planted.
I get it. Lesson learned.
Other things I learned: Corn takes up a lot of space.
Ditto for pumpkins. But this year, we have a pumpkin patch!
(A major shout-out to all the families helping to water and weed the school garden this summer. I really appreciate it!)