Lock down projects keep our minds off our lack of freedom. We think about nature and her bounty. Everyone loves a garden. Everyone loves to do Lock down projects. Well, at least Earth Kids do! We chose gardening as our first Lock down project theme.
Gardens are special places where the roots of learning occur. Create a garden and you create understanding. Create a garden and you grow food. It is all about planting a seed, getting the hands ‘dirty’ in nature, composting, mulching, watching plants grow and reaping their rewards later. This is what it’s all about.
This is true education for environment. Taking Earth Kids into the garden opens up doors to learning about the soil, earthworms, water and the water cycle, photosynthesis, compost, the carbon cycle, the life cycle of a plant, pollination, insects, growing vegetables, permaculture, companion planting, health issues, nutrition and more.
I am blown away by the gardens some of the Earth Kids tried so hard to create! Well done little gardeners. Presentation was also top-notch as you did your best to make me gorgeous Powerpoint Presentations! Let’s take a look at the best gardening projects…
Amelia Grows a Leek in a Glass: Bethesda
Thank you for showing us that we can grow any vegetable in a glass, Amelia! I hope your leek grew big and strong and provided you with a delicious meal.
“I started my garden because I thought it would be a nice idea to grow a Leek in a glass because I’ve never done it before,” said Amelia. “My plans with my plant are to try and grow it really well and then, if that’s a success, to carry on doing more.” Amelia called her glass garden Bethesda!
Amelia knows that healthy soil is important because it’s full of nutrients for the plants to grow. “To grow crops, we want the soil to hold water for plants’ roots to suck the water up. Healthy soil is also very important to keep the plant intact, otherwise it would just fall over. Healthy soil is also really important for insects to survive. It is also important to decompose and aerate organic matter into the nutrient rich mixture.”
Amelie Creates a Rock Garden from Scratch
Thank you for sharing with us your unique rock and succulent garden, Amelie! You used sheer will power and energy to create something both useful and beautiful. I hope you can use these plants to treat skin rashes and other small medical complaints one day.
“I called my garden the Water Wise Garden of Hope. I am growing succulents in my garden and I helped prepare the soil and make the garden.”
Amelie built her succulent garden from scratch! She made cement using 6 cups sand + 2 cups cement + 3 cups water. She had this to tell us:
- Volcanic rock dust is to improve fertility and to add minerals to the soil
- Bonemeal is organic fertilizer and natural supplement
- Vermiculite increase water and nutritional retention
- Perlite improves aeration and makes it well draining
- Coconut fiber provides air pocket with oxygen for the roots
All of this goes into the sand and potting soil to help the plants grow. Amelie decorated her unique garden with shells and stones. It is awesome!
Sophia Has a Hidden Garden
Wow Sophia I would love to enter that Hidden Garden today! How inspiring are all those vegetables. One day we will visit your garden and you will personally give us a tour. Love it!
“The garden was started so that we can grow healthy organic vegetables. I called it The Hidden Garden because you can’t see it and the reason for this is that it is hidden right on the side of the property!”
Sophia told us that plants use photosynthesis to make food. She knows that the plants trap the light energy with their leaves. They then use this energy to change water and carbon dioxide into a kind of sugar. This sugar is called glucose. The plants use this sugar as food. Well done Sophia!
Kaely Designed Little Garden
I love your Little Garden Concept Kaely! This is what Kaely had to say about her sweet garden:
“This garden was for school, but our big one we started for food and maybe for some income. We like to trade veggies for other things.”
- The Soil is very important to growing plants. The soil is where all the bugs, worm and other creatures live. They give the plant nutrients and help the roots grow.
- Water is a huge part. Without it the plant can not live. When you water it it goes on the leaves and into the soil. When it hits the roots the roots immediately start soaking the water and that feeds the plant.
- The sun is another thing that plants cannot live without. But, every plant is different so they all need a different amount of sun. The sun gives off energy and the plants soak the energy and through a system called photosynthesis it turns the leaves green.
- Compost is what you use to make the plants grow. You make a compost pile and add old or mostly eaten veggies, egg shells, etc. You add earthworms and it will attract other insects. The worms will eat the scraps and produce something called vermicast. That vermicast you take and put on your plants and it helps a lot.
Leeya made a short video of her garden – thanks Leeya!
Amber Dug Awesome Trenches for Food
Amber called her garden The Green Oasis “because our chickens destroyed our garden and there is only sand left so this will be like a oasis in the desert.”
Her family was busy trying to finish filling up the hole so that they could develop a healthy soil. “Once it is done we will plant leaf crops (lettuce, spinach, white cabbage, curly kale, celery), flower crops (green peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes) and root crops (onions, carrots, beetroot), which we will rotate to keep the soil healthy, ” said Amber.
The Process for the Green Oasis
- First we made a map of the sun in our backyard over the course of the day so we could find the best spot to grow our vegetable garden.
- During the week we gathered kitchen scraps, organic matter (brown and green plant matter) and also went to get compost from Soil for Life (just before lockdown).
- We marked out the spot with ropes where we wanted to put our garden.
- We then started digging until the hole was deep enough.
- We lined the hole with cardboard and put in a layer of sticks.
- We then put in layers of brown matter, green matter and compost mixed with soil.
- About 1 foot before the top we ran out of things to add in.
- We planted seeds so that there will be seedlings to put in the garden when it is ready.