Thursday, March 26, 2015

Plantings started at our school garden at ARISE Academy!

This week we had an exciting week with the HEAL students and we want to tell you all about it!

Finally the seeds that we started in the green house were ready to be transplanted into the ground.

Tomatoes, squashes and cucumbers ready to be transplanted

In order for kids to see (and eat!) more veggies we selected a variety of veggies to plant in the school garden some are: eggplant, yellow squash, golden peppers, swiss chard, spinach, okra, baby and strawberry tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, cantaloupes and bush beans.
Ms Parker, Makahi and Michael planting cantaloupe transplants! 

Group of HEAL students transplanting yellow squash plants
Michael and Kazaiah transplanting eggplants 

Okra, swiss chard and bush beans were directly sowed in the ground! 

Bush beans ready to be planted
Planting bush beans 

The kids also learned about the space needed between plants. They used the planting guide developed by LSU Ag center. You can find it here.

We also starting to build an arbor! (see the poles in the picture below) If you have spent a summer in New Orleans you know you need some shade! We can’t wait to see those pumpkins and cantaloupes hanging from the arbor! Kids will love it!

Ms Parker, Kimona and Thomson transplating tomato plants

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