7th Grade First Quarter
.The 12 seventh graders in my first quarter gardening class, Ms.Nance and I have had a ball harvesting, prepping and serving the Harvest Festival Soup. This year all produce, save 25lbs of the 50 lbs of potatoes need for the soup, was grown in our garden! A new ingredient crop we grew this year was celery...what an interesting plant to watch develop!
We also spent a class learning about pickling and fermenting. Cucumbers, carrots, cabbage and garlic bubbled away in the garden closet.
Thanks to our resident 7th grade fisherman, Arlo, we now have 4 Bullhead Catfish in our pond! They will work to clean decayed matter from the bottom of the pond and in turn fertilize our pond plants.
We were very excited this past week to use our new pond test kit and find that the ph, ammonia, nitrate and phosphate levels in our pond water are at healthy levels for both our fish and plants.