STEM Gardening kick off

April 24, 2017


We had an absolutely wonderful class today. The weather was perfect. The kids had a great time and were engaged throughout the class. We had six kids in attendance (ranging from six years old to eleven years old). One of our students could not make it today but will be there next week. Another student or two may be joining next week.


The Master gardeners were fabulous – Megan, Nell, and Mike. Mike came to observe today for his session in a few weeks but ended up actively participating in gardening and teaching throughout the class. The moms actively participated as well. We used one raised and one ground bed. We started with pulling the weeds out of beds (used shovels and rakes), preparing the beds, measured the beds, calculated the soil needed/translated into the number of bags of soil needed, learned how to use wheel barrow,  put the soil in the beds and made the beds even (used hands and rakes). We learnt that it is important to keep the soil loose and leveled. We used buckets for soil test which we will be completing next week.


Next we planted the plants using seeds (radishes) and plants (two kinds of parsley, peppermint, oregano, spinach, kale, cauliflower, cabbage). We learnt about the characteristics of these plants, proper distance to keep between plants and proper depth when planting, and proper way of watering. We also learnt about the last frost in NJ is May 15th. Tomatoes are best planted outside after the last frost. However, we planted them before the last frost. If they don’t grow we will know why and will use it as a teaching moment.


We water the plants on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  For this week, Sue will water on Tuesday and Nikki on Thursday.


Pictures from the session can be found at:


Thank you all for your support to make this class happen! See you next Sunday.

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