Every student at the Westminster Center School got to plant something in our all school garden on May 10th. We chose an early planting date this year for two reasons. It was very warm in early April and we thought it would stay that way. (Ha! In Vermont?) The last day of school this year is June 8th, which is early. It doesn’t allow students much time to observe plant growth and change.
We have two new inspirational garden coordinators: Many Walsh (also our Librarian) and Bianca Zaransky, parent and Social Justice Advocate.
Help came from a variety of sources on Planting Day. Harlow Farms and Paul Harlow gave us a huge variety of starts ( two kinds of kale, tomatoes, peppers and seedling potatoes.) The Clough family of Westminster Community Feeds ( with two daughters at our school) delivered mulch straw at cost. Farmer, Evan Harlow gave us the entire day, helping with everything from explaining planting to understanding the importance of community interdependence. Parents, Mike Zaransky and Jason Goodell tilled and supplied manure. (See previous blog entry.)
The temperatures, day/night vary dramatically in spring, so we’ll have to be more vigilant with the more tender crops for a few weeks…..just like looking after new babies! Watering early and or in the evenings is important during hot days as is some kind of cover for near freezing nights. Babies need a stress-free environment. We also hope to mulch with wet newspaper and straw to keep the soil moist and the weeds at bay.
We’re keeping a few heat loving starts indoors. We’ll plant them during that last week of school: basil and flower seedlings, sweet potatoes and Valencia peanuts will go in sometime during that first week of June. The peanuts are a new addition this year. We’re excited to see how they grow.
Garen Clough and his daughter from Community Feed Store, Westminster.