Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Raspberries!

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August raspberries

Above you can see a healthy future for our raspberries, thanks to the diligent work of volunteer Master Gardener, Kathleen Hacker. She did her research and discovered that our raspberries were being threatened by the cane borer. See a close-up below of what to look for:

Cane borers on raspberries

The insect makes a distinctive ring around the cane, cutting off nutrients to the newly forming berries. We cut out a lot of old canes to preserve the unaffected ones. Many thanks, Kathleen!PICKING RASPBERRIES OFF OLD CANES

Students feasted on the still yummy berries from old canes. raspberry kale smoothiesThe earliest berries were used to make kale raspberry smoothies. (Just add juice, vanilla yogurt, ice and any other fruit to make a refreshing nutritious summer drink.) Looking forward to a great crop when school begins!

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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