During the month of October we focused on the process, practice, and importance of saving seeds. We collected enough seeds from our garden to both save for spring and make multiple donations to the Public Library's very special, Seed Library. Katie Wilksons taught us how to seed library words:
1) Anyone can donate and take seeds.
2) Have a garden plan before you take seeds home.
3) Ask a librarian for assistance filling out the log book (if needed).
4) Bring back twice as many seeds or more as you took.
5) This is a fun and free way to access and share seeds within your community. After our discussion, Katie read us a story in which the most abundant of gardens are those grown and shared by many hands, just like our school garden!
We looked through the heap of seed packets graciously donated by the Lancasters of Ace Hardware, informing one another of when to plant the seed, the necessary spacing between plantings, how deep into the soil the seed should rest, and how many days until germination.
In preparation for winter, we harvested our pumpkin patch and other squash beds. While some beds now hold hearty winter crops, we put many of them to sleep with crop coverage. We moved fencing materials from outside the garden gates to inside the garden where the new fence will be installed.
During our final week in class we fired up the cob oven to celebrate our hard work and the end of the growing season. James Ferraris of Soul Flour Bakery, aka Mr. Pizza, joined us in the fun. When the rain hit, the greenhouse and the geo-dome kept us dry. Our younger students enjoyed lining the walls of the geo-dome with an abundance of flowers from the garden.