After our sorrowful discovery last week, the kids were back in the garden with their beans, albeit a new batch. But that’s part of the lesson, isn’t it? In real life, things don’t always work as planned. Especially when your garden coordinator fails to watch the weather report!
Lucky for me, children are forgiving by nature and we spent little time crying over what could have been and proceeded to look forward to what can become! (Is that grammatically correct? Probably should check these things ahead of time when writing about students!) Especially when your upper elementary kids come out to plant black eye peas.
However, in the business of gardening, scientific elements take center stage, not grammar, hence the assignment for upper elementary. “Hey kids! What’s the scientific abbreviation for Molybdenum?”
Would you believe they knew the answer? I can hardly pronounce the word let alone rattle off its abbreviation! But that’s why we’re in school, isn’t it? To receive an education.
Does it matter the adults learn, too? I mean, my schooling was a long time ago. And my brain quite full of important information…
Bet these kids don’t know that whites shouldn’t be mixed with darks in the laundry! (Actually, many of them do.) Back to the garden. We planted black beans and limas this week, intermingling them for an intricate weave of color come spring. And this time, the kids will be watching for the weather. They have strict instructions to keep an eye on Mother Nature and inform their teacher at the first sign of temperature drop.
Who will then inform me, who will then promptly cover our little darlings in the garden. See? Problem solved. We did notice our sweet onions popping through the soil.
Looking good, but they need to be covered, so the kids headed over to their compost pile. Collecting the fresh organic matter we covered them and continue our wait.
Won’t be long now. A few months and we’ll be in the salsa business! Er–once we get some tomatoes in the garden. But with another potential freeze on the horizon, I’m not yet willing to risk their introduction outdoors!