The garden is doing very well during this month of May. The weather has been beautiful here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
We are participating in a Garden Challenge at the Homeschool Village. The first month over 130 families joined in, and last month 100 families joined in. Be sure to stop over and read their wonderful stories and gain more insight into gardening with your family.
We are also doing our own Garden Unit Study to go along with the Garden Challenge. Our unit study learning will continue until the final harvest and the garden dies out later in the fall.
This month the children and I have continued to monitor the growth and health of the plants. The children remain motivated, and also continue to take responsibility in watering the plants each week.
We have had lots of sunshine and mid 80’s weather for most of the month, with a few scattered showers and two or three major storms. The children enjoyed sitting on the porch and watching the storms as they came through. A few of the storms produced tornadic weather, and a few miles from the house after this picture was taken, a tornado was spotted.
The ground is fairly dry over all, so the garden has needed water about once or twice a week. Though there were days the younger children gave several of the plants water every day.
My daughter loves to give the plants a drink with a water bottle. You can read more about how she enjoys watering the plants HERE.
We had a major storm about two weeks ago, that produced severe winds, heavy rain, and hail.
We had marble to a little under golf ball size hail, and I was really concerned about the damage it would do to the garden, as well as the house and vehicles.
I was hit on the arm, and the foot, by these flying torpedoes of ice when taking a picture. It was very painful.
But just a few days after the hail storm, we reaped our first harvest from our garden beds.
We have harvested strawberries, spinach, green onions, leaf lettuce, and several herbs from the garden so far.
I have also seen some green cherry tomatoes on one of the plants too. So far, none of the other vegetable plants have bloomed yet.
Here is a lovely plate of spinach, lettuce, strawberries, parsley, oregano, and the next photo is green onions from our garden. I am putting all these ingredients and more together to make a special lunch today.
Read HERE to see what an awesome nutrient dense lunch these wonderful ingredients made.
We have continued to learn from our Garden Adventure Science Kit. This kit is well worth the investment for your garden study.
It comes with 16 experiments, a teachers guide, and student workbook, and all the equipment you need to do the experiments. It also has additional suggestions for further study.
We have also continued to learn with our Garden Printables. You can read about our Garden Unit Study components including the printables we are using HERE.
I have stored everything in our garden unit (except the garden and the live plants growing in the window sill) in this big tote. It makes it easy to put the garden unit away at the end of the day.
The children have caught and observed various garden insects this month, such as worms, lady bugs, roly poly, ants, slugs, centipedes, caterpillars, spiders, and from a distance-bees. We haven’t seen any butterflies yet, but that will come soon. We plan to do a butterfly unit study yet this summer too. We got some wonderful free butterfly resources a few weeks ago. I will write about it soon.
The kids have also enjoyed watching a window sill garden grow.
We purchased these little greenhouse seed starter kits for $1 at the local Dollar store. We added our own potting soil and the seeds that came with the kits.
I also recycled some disposable bakery trays with lids from the grocery store. These make wonderful greenhouses to start your seeds in. We added some potting soil and romaine lettuce seeds to the recycled tray.
This picture was taken two weeks ago and the plants were doing well. They had grown so big we had to remove the roof of the green houses to let them have more space.
I will plan to write more in the days and weeks to come about each individual activity we did, in case you would like to follow along or repeat the Garden Unit Study with your own kids.
A garden is a fun adventure at any age!
How is your garden growing? Leave us a comment, thanks!!!