Summer 2017: Time for Family Summer Garden Club!

//Summer 2017: Time for Family Summer Garden Club!

Summer 2017: Time for Family Summer Garden Club!

CLCS Family Gardening Club 2017 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:30 am, from July 6 through August 17, 2017, at the Covenant Love School Gardens! Families are invited to come together, no drop-offs please!

Some possible projects for this summer are: watering & weeding the gardens, repairing the compost bins, building rock walls and pathways through the Sunflower Garden, painting garden signs for plant identification, learning about medicinal properties of plants, making Mason Bee Houses & Honeybee watering stations for school and home, making rain barrels, harvesting veggies, and much, much more…

This is our second year running a Summer Garden Club at Covenant Love Community School. Last year we did so much watering, and the pay-off was incredible! Some of our best crops were the mammoth sunflowers, pumpkins on vines that grew thirty feet long, and an abundance of flowers like zinnias and marigolds. We grew many, many plants…whatever the students and teachers wanted to grow! And results were joyful gardens filled with color, and life, and many types of vegetables and flowers.

CLCS school garden 2017

This year the raised beds are built and we have a water faucet! The students and teachers decided to keep the crops simpler in the two beds we are using this year. We planted them with different kinds of lettuce, radishes, arugula, marigolds and zinnias. And we sold some arugula to The Carriage House Cafe in Ithaca NY! The remaining two raised beds are being used exclusively by the ladies living at the Hardesty House. We help out a little with watering and weeding.

The Primary B Pollinator Garden is now planted with a variety of perennial flowers and herbs. There are purple iris, echinacea (purple coneflower), milkweed, chives, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and several kinds of mint. We carefully mulched the garden this year to keep weeds at bay, and to retain moisture.

CLCS school garden herbs
CLCS school gardens tomatoes

Unfortunately, there are not many sunflowers in the Sunflower Garden. Yet! We’re not sure if chipmunks have been nibbling on the seedlings, or if slugs are having fun eating the baby sunflower plants. Whatever the case, we are now growing sunflowers in pots in a different location. When they are big and robust, we’ll transplant them into the Sunflower Garden. That’s what makes gardening so fun…you just never know quite what will happen from year to year! (“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21) However, the red raspberries were phenomenal this year, and only one short year after being transplanted! We’ve begun the task of building a dry stone wall and short stone benches for our littlest people. We’ll call it our Little Sittin’ Place in the Sunflower Garden!

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