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30 July 2015

SQUASH BLOSSOMS

Bees exploring a squash blossom. Those vibrant colours!

TASTE ADVENTURES: BEETS

One of the best things about working with kids is watching them try new things. Especially healthy, new foods from the garden. Maybe their willingness to try new foods from the garden is so big because of the excitement of harvesting your own food. The joy and surprise when a child pulls a beet from the ground and yells "Look at this! It looks like a giant spider" is so great to watch. As we were thinning out the beet crop the other day, one of the kids asked what a beet tasted like; he had never tasted one before. I was shocked and amazed to find out that many of the other surrounding kids had also never tasted a beet. Without missing a beat (no pun intended) the kids asked if they could try tasting the raw beets. I warned them that raw beets had a pretty strong and earthy flavour and that they may not like them on their first try. Fortunately, they still went on to taste them, and surprisingly many of them really loved them. They loved the way it made their mouths bright red. One kid exclaimed "it looks like we ate blood", while another announced that "beets taste like dirt... But in a good way".

Tasting beets for the first time 

26 July 2015

PINEAPPLE WEED

This week, this kids learned about pineapple weed! It's a wild, edible plant that can be found all around Vancouver; even growing from a crack in the pavement. It has a sweet and fruity smell and taste, and can be used fresh in salads or can be dried to make tea. The kids were so shocked that this sweet smelling weed was growing all around them and they had no idea!

Learning about Pineapple weed 

Look at that harvest!

23 July 2015

SPROUTING JOY

After a week of pulling up dead plants, making space for new growth and planting many seeds, the exciting part has arrived: watching the seeds sprout and poke through the soil. The kids are starting to get really excited about the growing progress. Before I even have a chance to put down my bag I have already been passionately told about the sprouting radishes and pac choi.


Radishes starting to grow at Thunderbird Elementary!
Making sure those new radishes have plenty of sunshine and water 
At Thunderbird Elementary we are painting the garden beds with Linseed oil (a natural varnish made from flaxseed oil)  to help prolong the life of the wood make it more water resistant. Of course the kids were also very eager to help out with this process. I have very high hopes for the future of this garden. 

Painting with Linseed oil to help protect the garden beds

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