Today is the last day for this year that we are in the Arlington Hills Open Door garden.
It is the end of the harvest season, and we picked the last of the produce.
We picked all the ripe eggplants and peppers. There were so many green tomatoes, enough for everyone to take home to eat.
There are still many purple blossoms on the eggplants, but we pulled up all of the plants because next week it will get very cold and the plants will die.
There is now only dirt left in the garden, and piles of the pulled plants.
It was a cool, October day — with temperatures in the 50’s F — when we went out to our community garden today.
We saw many purple blossoms on the eggplants.
We also saw some eggplant fruits, and we picked them today.
We saw that one or two of the black peppers are turning red.
We also saw many green peppers and
many long purple peppers.
There are many green tomatoes, and some tomatoes that are ripe to pick.
There were only a few green beans, and after we picked them, we pulled out all of the green bean plants from the ground. There were no more blossoms.
We saw some cucumbers, and we picked them.
There are still some yellow cucumber blossoms.
It was chilly today when we went outside to the garden.
We saw some fruit on the eggplants.
There are many long, purple peppers, but they aren’t ripe yet.
They will be red when they are ready to pick and eat.
There are still a few pepper blossoms that are white.
The black peppers are still the same as last week. But we also saw that there is one pepper that is yellow, one that is red, and another that is orange.
Pany tried the red pepper and the orange pepper today to see if they were ripe. She said, “They are spicy”.
The sunflower faces are pointing down,
so we know that they are starting to make their seeds for next year.
There are many green tomatoes.
There are some red tomatoes, too.
We need to pick some cherry tomatoes today.
There are still a few yellow tomato blossoms.
There are only a few green beans left to pick today.
There are no more blossoms on the green bean plants.
There are many small cucumbers and
some big cucumbers to pick today.
When talking about peppers, Teacher Paul told us about Peter Piper:
“Peter Piper picked a pick of pickled peppers”.
“Peter Piper” is a very well-known English-language nursery rhyme and well-known alliteration tongue-twister. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of each or most of the words in a sentence.
Today in class, we practiced saying this “tongue-twister“:
“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”
Another example of alliteration is the name of the book:
“Peter Piper’s Practical Principles of Plain and Perfect Pronunciation”
Here is an illustration from this book:
Tongue twisters are phrases or sentences which are hard to speak fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of words with very similar sounds.
Here is one way to say a longer version of the tongue-twister, “Peter Piper”, that you can practice saying to learn to say the letter “P”:
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
We see a few green beans
that need to be picked today.
We need to pull out the weeds
from the green bean plants.
“Ripe” means ready to eat. The long purple peppers are not ripe. They will be yellow when thy are ripe and ready to pick to eat.
Aung Ni tells us that the black peppers need one more week before they are ready to pick.
The green peppers are not ripe yet.
Some cucumbers are big
and we need to pick.
There are still a few cucumber blossoms.
We see many purple blossoms on the eggplants.
There is some fruit on the eggplants, and many, many blossoms.
We need to pick some eggplants.
We see some ripe, red tomatoes, and many green tomatoes. We need to check the cherry tomatoes, and we need to pick some tomatoes today.
Some leaves on the plants are turning yellow and some leaves are even brown.
There is one more rutabaga.
We will pick it today and Phonepaly will take it home to cook.
We see some seeds today.
We will leave the eggplant seeds
in the garden.
These seeds will grow into
new plants next year.
There are many purple blooms on the eggplants.
There are many green tomatoes. But they are not “ripe”. Ripe means “ready to eat”.
There are only a some green beans today that are ready to pick. And there are only a few blossoms
All of the onions have already been picked, so there are none left in our garden.
There are some big cucumbers that we need to pick today. And there are many small yellow blossoms that will become cucumbers in the coming weeks.
There are 3 big rutabagas. We took 2 rutabagas to the kitchen to cook today.
Today we picked so much produce that every student got a bag of vegetables to take home:
There are many purple blossoms on the eggplants, and there are many fruits on the eggplants, too. Not all of the fruits are ready to pick yet, but we can pick some of the eggplant fruits.
There are many peppers, but they are not ready to pick today.
One tomato plant fell over. We need to straighten the tomato plant. We will tie it back up to a support with twine. Some tomatoes turned red since last week, and we picked them today.
There are some green beans to pick. There are some more blossoms on the green bean plants, so there MIGHT be more green beans to pick next week (even though it is getting late in the season for green beans to grow).
The turnips are getting very, very big! We will pick them next week.
There are some cucumbers that are ready to pick this week. And there are other cucumbers that are still to small, and we need to let them grow some more, before we pick them. Maybe we can pick some of them next week.
There are just a few, and there are small, but we decided we would pick the last of the onion plants today.
Teacher Paul asked us, “Do you think there will be more cucumbers?” We answered yes, because there are still many yellow blossoms on the cucumber plants. We expect that there will be more cucumbers that will be big enough to pick next week.