Monday, August 2, 2010

Measuring Growth....

A few different summer classes have been using the garden as a way to practice their measuring skills. One group has been measuring vegetables each week, keeping track of how much they're growing, and another group measuring the perimeter of the garden to figure out its area: 2400 square feet!

Meanwhile, Across Town...

Along with the RMS garden, I've also been helping out with Vermont Achievement Center's garden, working with kids who are part of the Kaleidoscope camp. We've been doing all kinds of things: planting potatoes, doing soil art, seeding kale and cabbage, and of course, lots of weeding! While the resident groundhog has utterly destroyed all the squash and beans, other veggies, especially the tomatoes and corn, are thriving. Check out these onions we picked last week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Radishes

Meghan and Nick planted a new batch of radishes around the pole bean teepee....hopefully they'll sprout in this hot, muggy weather we've been having. They also helped water: Thanks Meghan and Nick!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old School Tomatoes

We have two whole rows of tomatoes planted in the garden, all different varieties, including: juliet, moskvich, garden peach, black prince, and sun gold. Most of these varieties are heirloom tomatoes. Heirloom varieties are open pollinated, non-hybrid varieties of tomatoes. This means they are naturally pollinated by things such as insects. Heirloom varieties tend to be old-fashioned varieties that were developed by small farmers over time, instead of being created by big agricultural companies. People like heirloom tomatoes because they have a lot of variety and they: you pick different tomatoes that are good for paste, or that taste good fresh, or that just look funky. There are also different heirloom varieties that grow well in different regions, based on the weather and length of the growing season. I can't wait to bit into a soft, fuzzy, orange Garden Peach tomato. Yummmm....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shoutout to Our Resident Artist

A parent today was asking me if I had drawn the garden's logo (the logo at the top of this blog). Wish that was the case (it's pretty awesome) but no. But that question reminded me that I hadn't given the real artist his due credit. For one of his YES (Year End Studies) projects, Rutland High student Kenny Brewster drew these sweet logos for the garden. We're hoping to put the logo on a tshirt and sell it as a fund raiser (at the Rutland Farmer's Market and the like), so keep an eye out. Thanks again Kenny!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Noblest of Fruits

One of Ms. Pringle's English classes planted an apple tree near the garden in honor of a local soldier. The variety is "Liberty Apple," which is fitting, considering why the tree was planted. Liberty is one of the best disease resistant varieties of apple in New England. I've already spied some apples that have started growing. Can't wait for the fruit in the fall...thanks guys for planting the tree!

"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits."
-- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sanders Announces Grant for VT School Gardens

Last week VT Senator Bernie Sanders announced $120,000 in grants to help establish 40 school gardens throughout Vermont. The grants will provide money for supplies and will connect each garden with a master gardener in the area. Way to go Bernie for recognizing the importance of school gardens! You can read the full article about the grants at on by clicking here.