Thursday, May 26, 2016

Winter is gone and we are making way for Spring at Kenwood!

Kenwood Garden is well underway with the help of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students! Thanks to all the hard work from families and community volunteers. When it was too cold outside, we were busy inside working on planning, designing and crafting. Then when it was warm enough we headed outside to get planting. 
We need volunteers to help water and weed. Over the Summer there will also be an opportunity to meet every Tuesday morning at 10am where we will use the fresh produce from our garden. Families will also have an opportunity to adopt our garden this Summer. 

Take a look at all of our had work this year...   
At the beginning of winter we learned about different types of gardens and practiced designing our own beds. 


We learned about the optimum germination conditions for seeds and planted some to take home.


 In out Lit in the Garden class we took inspiration from authors, artists and poets and came up with our own songs, stories and poems.  


When it was finally warm enough to head outside, students were eager to learn about the different insects in the garden and then go out and find some. We measured, tilled and amended our beds so they would be a great place for our new seedlings. We also played with more worms!


We painted, crafted and earned our green and yellow thumbs and arms...

At our workday, we spruced up the Little Free Library and cleared out our main bed (getting it ready for pumpkins).


We hauled, we dug, we watered and weeded   


We made our garden pretty. Soon we will lay down mulch, sit back and watch our garden grow!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Garden gnomes are thought to have originated in Germany and have characteristic faces with pointy red hats and were used to adorn front lawns. This week we made our own garden adornments- They ranged from snails to narwhals to turtles.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


It's January and this week it was so cold our faces burned. It was a great time to start planning our Spring garden though. Students learned that a good garden site has access to water, sun and great soil. We went over the concepts of square foot gardening and students wore the landscape design hat for a class.


This week we talked about seeds. We took fast growing seeds, 4 small cups and paper towels. We wanted to see what the best growing conditions for seeds were.
Cup A had water, light and warmth
Cup B had no wamth and no light
Cup C had no light
Cup D had no water
Students made predictions about which cup would produce viable seedlings. After a week Cup A and B had sprouted. Seeds like darkness and water and warmth the best.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Before Winter break it was time to get creative with craft projects. In these classes, we made terrariums, painted plant markers for our Spring gardens and had an art challenge where we were allowed just this once to play with our food! We also sampled more fruits and veggies.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Crafts this week in Garden club! We had three stations; a picture station where students could draw or paint their favorite fruit or vegetable then write a story about it; a home-made clay station where they made small fruits, vegetables or people for our upcoming terrarium project and bird feeders from ice-cream cones, bird seed, pipe cleaners and peanut butter (clean-up took a little longer this week!). we also passed out snacks which included dill pickle sunflower seeds and kale chips. They were a hit with some and not with others.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


Soil is the key to a great garden and worms help to break down this valuable resource! This week students learned all about worms, including what they eat and their basic anatomy. We were going to head outside to race some worms, but it was pouring with rain (great for worms, not so great for students).

We also read "Diary of a Worm," by Doreen Cronin and "Compost Stew," by Mary McKenna Siddals

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


This week we started with a book by Will Allen called "Will Allen and the Growing Table". The book describes Allen's life from the garden as a child, to his sports career in Belgium back to his love of food and helping others. We headed outside and cleaned up the garden. We filled up 10 giant bags!