April and May 2018
May is the most fun month in the school garden at St. Nicholas! The plantings from March and April will produce arugula, carrots, radishes, lettuce, strawberries and herbs for tasting. We also begin planting tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, pumpkins, squash and other summer goodies that will be cared for by our summer campers. We spotted our first Monarch butterfly of the year in the milkweed, a little later than usual. We are happy that the Monarchs know where to find our milkweed patch! Our focus in the last weeks of school is to be in the garden, with our hands in the dirt as much as possible. This month Level 7s learn about “lunch around the world” and experiment with baby arugula from the garden. Level 6 students take home their seed boxes with seeds to grow. L5 students finish their plant life study and learn about various local butterfly species. L4 students will study compost and experiment with its effect on plant growth. L3 students will create “grassheads” to grow at home (sort of like chia pets!). Level 1 and 2 students will harvest from their ELC garden. Level 1s will make tea from the chamomile flowers. L2 students will learn about iris and other flowers in the Monet garden and make their own watercolor flower masterpiece.