Thursday, June 28, 2007

Summer Garden by Alexus

We started a summer program for all Global Garden kids to join in on projects and to take care of the garden. One thing we discovered is squirrels and birds have been eating our tomatoes. Today we made birdbaths out of flowerpots! We are making mosaics on the birdbaths. Yesterday, a photographer came to our classroom and told us about all different kinds of cameras and she told us how to work them and how to take pictures and to use light. Its all about light! We each got a disposable camera and we can take 27 pictures and we are going to make a calendar or a photobook. Tomorrow we are going on a fieldtrip to the Linneaus garden to look at their beautiful garden.
We hope it stops raining so much!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Reflecting on the last 6 months

Today is the second day of the Global Gardens summer program and I have just been reflecting a bit on the year and all that has happened since I began working with the Eugene Field students back in January. The students have been incredible and inspiring with their commitment, creativity, and motivation, both in the classroom and in the garden. Just 6 months ago, they started with pages full of ideas, drawings, and dreams, and they now have a beautiful garden space filled with color and life! It has been so inspiring to watch these students believe in themselves and their community as they work together to create something that they have become so proud of. Please enjoy our blog, your virtual tour of the garden... and if you live nearby, come on out for a visit! And if you have a minute, please leave a comment for the gardeners, as the communication about the garden is another big piece in the children's learning process.
Thank you!
Ms. Oakley

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ms. Newman's Class's Literary Garden Update

Our plants are growing! Our beans are growing. Our sunflowers started from seeds and now they are about eight inches tall. One pepper is ready to pick because it is shiny and red. Our strawberries are growing bigger, and some have greenish yellow strawberries. They are not ripe yet. Our turnip seeds have germinated and have grown! Our watermelon is growing, too. We have two watermelon plants, one was a plant and one was a seed. Both are growing. Our garden is no longer a rectangle of dirt! We planted a pumpkin seed and now it is larger! Our carrot seeds have sprouted. One green pepper was ready and we took it inside and everybody got a little taste of it. We voted and 13 people liked it and 11 did not like it. Now that everything is growing in the garden, we will soon be able to eat it and our garden will look beautiful! Thank you for reading this, we hope you come and see our garden and have a nice day!
Ms. Newman's third grade class

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ms. Lenards Fourth Grade Class Garden

Some of our plants are blooming! Some of the plants are getting bigger. The class voted to see if we wanted OK or OU written in plants, and we voted for OU. Then Ms. Lenard asked us what color we wanted to plant and most of the students wanted red and white. We ended up planting the O in red begonia's and the U white begonia's. Then we had 4 students who painted our garden sign, its in the shape of Oklahoma. We planted a lot of plants since we started the garden. Ameristar Fence Company donated a fence for our Global Garden. Lately, we planted a golden rod, indigo bush, passion vine, and blazing star. We put some stepping stones in our garden so that we have a place step when we deadhead. We wrote a letter to Ms. Lenard's fourth grade class for the fall and we told them about the garden. We want to thank Ms. Brady, who brought us some mulch, the stepping stones, and the wood for the signs. Thank you for helping our Global Garden!!
And thank you Ameristar for helping us building the fence!!Thank you for reading this note that we wrote for you, have a good day.
Yours truly,
Ms. Lenard's class.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Alexus's Saturday Community Day report

This last Saturday, the first thing I did was I saw how much my morning glory has grown. Then I asked Daniel what he was doing and I asked him if I could help him paint his picnic table. He said yes so I was doing that for a while and I looked at my garden and I talked to Dr. Rippy and watch him help make the stepping stone. I was surprised about the fence and Ms. Oakley told me that they dug holes 3 feet deep into the ground. We will have towo gates in the fence and we want to put a ramp for people in wheelchairs. I enjoyed being in the garden on Saturday and I felt happy and surprised that my morning glory had grown so much!

Tamara's Update, 4th grade

Recentally Global Gardens has been plainting and making signs. First Mrs. Brady brought wood and stakes plus nails, then they drew what shape they wanted their sign to be shaped like. After they traced it it out they in sharpie then Mrs. Brady cut it out and put the stake on it. Also, on Saturday they stared to make the fence, which was donated by Mr. Gibbs and Ameristar Fence, it would have cost a lot of money. They kids will be sending him a thank you card for his generousity.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Garden Signs

We have been painting garden signs for each garden. We hope you enjoy our signs! Come and see them in our garden...

Monday, June 4, 2007

Jasmine's report, 5th grade

We have noticed big changes in the garden. Our plants are growing big and strong. We have also noticed that our tomato plants have little tomatoes on it too. Most of the other plants have started growing flowers on them. I think all of the other gardens are growing beautifully.

Sasha's Report, 5th grade

What I like about the banana trees and garden is it is pretty to me. I think that I did a good job on it. I do my best because I believe it is good for our heart. I love being in the garden cause it makes me feel good.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Honest Germinators Update by Jazzmine & Alexis

We are the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders of Eugene Field Elementary School. We are planting all kinds of plants. The day we started was January 29th of 2007. We are learning about all things that we do in gardens and, there are a lot of things that we are doing to help the plants grow. We needed to fix the garden so we could plant some more plants. We had already got the garden ready for some plants. It is important for people to be able to see the garden and the wonders we have worked on there. When we started out our gardens were entirely covered with grass. Then we met a man named Farmer Joe who plowed our garden. There was still a lot of grass because he only flipped it over. We picked up some of the grass and fixed it up with our tools.