How Many Garden Beds are Too Many?

Like anything….it started with an idea. As my husband was repairing our existing beds (they had multiple run-ins with the lawn mower) Jill and I thought ‘Why not add more?’ The rest is history…but actually it is still happening, so I guess we should say the rest is history and present….and realistically…future. The next thing…

How much does one school compost?

January is RRR (Re-use, reduce, recycle) month at Herndon Elementary; Jill and I (the Garden Ladies) are visiting classrooms and talking about re-using, reducing, recycling instead of throwing things away. We wear our recycled paper earrings and bring a coconut bowl. We show pictures of starburst wrapper bracelets and talk about using Tupperware instead of…

Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic gardening (or hydroponics for short) is the system of growing plants with just mineral rich solutions instead of using soil. It is a system that is getting more recognition as being a safe, productive, and land resource conservation method (more information on different types of hydroponics here). Herndon Elementary School was lucky enough to…

Composting Companions

Today’s blog post is written by four 3rd grade reporters. Two of them observed 2nd grade’s initial compost experiment about 3 weeks ago, and two returned for the observations and poster-making last week! We hope you enjoy! On the day of Halloween, Ms. Kirk’s class was doing some composting, and they were the first ones….

3rd-6th Grade Food Day Recap

Today’s blog post is brought to you by two 3rd grade Spanish Immersion classes! Food Day was a day when kids in 3rd-6th grades at HES got to go to 7 different stations to learn how to make healthy food and activity choices. It was on October 24th, 2017. At Food Day there were chefs,…

The 2nd Grade and Under Food Day Assembly

Today’s blog post is brought to you by our 3rd grade reporters! On Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 kids 2nd grade and younger had an assembly with Food Day. Food Day was a day when students learned about making healthy choices. Four kids volunteered to help make a salad. To get ready to make it, they…

Which Design Will Get Picked?

Today’s blog post is brought to us by our 3rd grade student reporters! On Tuesday 4th grade was making houses, teepees, mansions, and castles out of straws. They were making them so that other people can be interested in reading in the garden. The winning design will be transformed into a bigger structure made of…

The news from the strawberry patch

Jill here- but don’t worry, you wont have to read just my thoughts much longer because… (drum roll please…) our HES 3rd graders will be our garden journalists for this school year!!!  We are so excited to have these budding reporters write stories about all of the happenings in our garden and the classroom this…

A Tale of Two Caterpillars

Weeds, weeds, and MORE WEEDS! That’s what you get when you have an interior courtyard garden that isn’t maintained over the summer! We have had quite the time trying to clear everything out in preparation for the new school year.  From thorny mile-a-minute vine that looks like it is growing right in front of your…

I can eat the whole plant!

On Monday, we led lessons in the garden on the functions of the different parts of flowering plants.  We learned all about roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds.  I tell you though, some of the students may have known more than us about leaves and photosynthesis! We were excited to reinforce what many of the…

May crop update

Our snap peas look very snappy on their trellis! Our sunflowers already have some height on them! Our pole beans are climbing… and some milkweed has popped up too. Well, that was the good news.  We also have strawberries that seem to be taking hold and kale, chard, pak choy and lettuce that is beginning…

Q: What is a Caterpillar afraid of?

Answer: A Dogerpillar! What?  You’re not into corny garden jokes? Well then lettuce start this blog post! We love it when the students discover different insects in the garden and we especially appreciate any opportunity to talk to them about the many BENEFICIAL insects we have. So far this year we have discovered ground bees,…