Garden Journal : June 13, 2018

At Arlington Hills Open Door school, we have 8 garden plots. Teacher Paul’s class has 4 of those plots.

This spring, we planted cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, and onions in our garden.

In plot 1, we have cucumbers and peppers.

We planted the cucumber plants from seeds, and the plants have already come up:June-6-cucumber-432


We did not plant pepper seeds, but pepper plants that were first grown indoors.

All the plants are a little taller this week.

There are a few weeds.



In plot 2, we have tomato plants:

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The tomato plants grew a little bit more since last time, and there are some weeds.




In plot 3 we planted onions and cucumbers.

The onions came up and grew a lot:

We could harvest them now, but we are going to wait a little longer. The cucumber seeds we planted also came up. There are some weeds.


In plot 4 we have green beans. The plants grew, but many of the leaves are gone. Maybe a rabbit ate the leaves, and maybe an insect such as a beetle at the leaves. We are going to find out now.



We found a hole in the fence! An animal chewed this hole to get into the garden. The new maintenance man, John, told us that every morning he sees two rabbits inside the garden.




We do not need to work in the garden today, but we are going to water the garden with the sprinkler.



Garden Take Down

As the autumn leaves begin to descend, the students at Open Door have begun to tear down the garden. Although we were sad to pull out the plants and roll up the fencing, we feel lucky to have been part of something so beautiful this year! We are already looking forward to starting anew next spring. This blog will go into hibernation for the winter but stay tuned for new updates as soon as the snow melts. Thank you for following our garden blog and we will see you in 2015!




School Harvest Party

Arlington Hills closed up its garden season with a harvest party.  Students from our advanced ESL class, wrote recipes, planned and organized cooking teams, and cooked a meal for around 100 people! Other classes assisted with vegetable harvest, banquette set-up, and clean-up.  Our preschool children sang an apple song and the school participated in Bingo fun!  Dishes from around the world were sampled and enjoyed.  To date, our school garden has yielded over 580 pounds of produce!  That is the equivalent of 2 black bears, one female zebra, almost 4 deer, 116 chickens, 240 squirrels, or 4,384 eggs!

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“To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world.” – Stanley Crawford

Eura came back to Open Door today and was so happy to see how big all the plants have grown! She was amazed by how tall the okra became and how beautiful the flowers looked. Great job to all the teachers and students who have helped to create such a lovely and fruitful garden!