Garden Journal : August 22, 2018

In plot 1, we saw green peppers and some yellow peppers, but they are too small. “Ripe” means the fruit is ready to eat. These peppers are not ready to eat, so they are not ripe.

We saw that some of the peppers in teacher Barb’s plot have turned red. Teacher Paul says that when these peppers become red, we will like them better, because these red peppers will be hot and make our food taste very spicy. So we will wait until the peppers turn red before we pick them.

There are also some white blossoms and some purple blossoms. “Blossoms” are flowers that are going to become fruit to eat.

There are no ripe eggplant fruits this week. There are only 2 little eggplant fruits, but they are not ripe yet. They are not ready to pick.

We saw some cucumbers that were ready to pick. There are also many yellow blossoms, so we expect there to be many more cucumbers that will be ripe to pick in the coming weeks.

In plot 2, there are many green tomatoes. There are still a few yellow blossoms, which will become tomatoes that are ready to pick in a few weeks. There are 3 red tomatoes, but only one tomato is ready to pick.

There is a tomato “cage” that was falling over, and we straightened the cage to help the tomato plant to grow straight.

In plot 3, there were only 2 onion plants standing. We will leave them to grow bigger. But today we will dig up the other onion plants that have fallen over. Teacher Paul says that the garden is not getting enough sun.

There are a few cucumbers that are ready to pick. And there are still many yellow blossoms that will become cucumbers in a few weeks.

In plot 4, there are a few green beans to pick this week but we will wait until next week to pick them.  There are still some white blossoms that we expect will grow into green beans that will be ready to pick next month.

Some of the green bean leaves have been eaten by insects.

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Garden Journal : August 15, 2018

 

 

yellow-peppers-20180808_103029In plot 1, we saw many green and yellow peppers. We picked some peppers today to take home to eat.

There are some white blossoms on the pepper plants, so there will be more peppers growing in the coming weeks.

There are some fruits on the eggplants, but they are not ripe, so we will not pick them yet. There are also purple blossoms on the eggplants, so there will be more eggplant fruits growing soon.

We picked many cucumbers. There are still many yellow blossoms on the cucumber plants, so they will have more fruit. We picked many cucumbers today to take home.

In plot 2, there are 5 big red tomatoes that are now ripe and ready to pick. There are many green tomatoes that will turn red soon.

 

There are still some yellow blossoms on the tomato plants.

The tomato plants are all in good shape because all the leaves are off the ground, and all the plants are climbing up the supports wire.

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In plot 3, most of the onions have fallen to the ground.

Only a very few onion plants are still standing.

These onion plants are not doing well, and it may be because they are not getting enough sun.

 

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There are some ripe cucumbers and some yellow blossoms on the cucumber plants.

In plot 4, there are not many green beans to pick.

There are now a few white blossoms (that were not there last week), so there will probably be some more green beans growing in a few weeks.

There are some leaves that have been eaten by insects.

There are some weeds to pull.

 

 

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Garden Journal : August 8, 2018

In plot 1, there are many ripe yellow peppers ready to pick. There are still many white flower blossoms that will become peppers.

And there are many yellow blossoms that will become cucumbers.

There are also some eggplants that are growing

In plot 2, there are 2 big, red tomatoes. There are many green tomatoes that will become red in the coming weeks. We removed the old, yellow leaves from the tomato plants.

In plot 3, some of the green onions fell over, and are lying on the ground. Only some of the onions are still standing up right now.

We need to mound the soil around the onions to help them to stand up again. It is better to let the onions grow bigger before we harvest them.

There are a few yellow blossoms on the cucumber plants. We see a few cucumbers that are ready to pick.

In plot 4, we see some green beans that are ready to pick. But there are not any new blossoms, so there will not be any more green beans. We see that there are leaves on the plants that have been eaten by insects.

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Garden Journal : July 18, 2018

In plot 1, there are 3 kinds of peppers:  little yellow ones that will turn red; large yellow peppers; and long green peppers which will also turn red when they are ripe. Ripe means “ready to eat”. This means we can pick those vegetables and take them home to eat.

We picked some of the big yellow peppers today to take home, and we pulled some weeds in plot 1.

There is one small cucumber, but it is not ready to pick.

In plot 2, there are about a dozen green tomatoes. Most people like tomatoes when they are red. Some people like green tomatoes to make fried green tomatoes. We did not pick any green tomatoes today. We pulled some weeds in plot 2.

In plot 3, we have long green onions, and they are bigger this week. The cucumber plans have more yellow blossoms.

There are some little cucumbers on the cucumber plants, but we are going to wait until they grow bigger before we pick them.

In plot 4, there are green beans that have many white blossoms, and there are some small green beans, that we maybe we can pick next week when they are bigger.

 

 

 

Garden Journal : July 11, 2018

In plot 1, there are some green peppers and some yellow peppers. The big, yellow peppers are ripe. We picked some of them to take home to eat.
The green peppers will turn red when they are ripe. “Ripe” means “ready to eat”.
We pulled some weeds in plot 1.

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In plot 2, there are some green tomatoes on some plants. There are also many yellow blossoms. We pulled some weeds, and also cut some of the leaves that are too close to the ground.

In plot 3, there are some yellow blossoms on the cucumbers. “Blossom” is a special name for flowers of vegetables.
Some of the cucumbers are growing up along the fence, and others are growing on the ground. We want all of the cucumber plants to grow up along the fence, so we secured the cucumber plants by tying them to the fence with twine.

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There were also some weeds to pull in plot 3.

In plot 4, there are white blossoms on the green beans.
There were many weeds to pull in plot 4.

Also there is a Japanese beetle on one of the green bean plants.
Unfortunately, we need to kill the beetles, otherwise they will eat the leaves of the plants.

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Garden Journal : June 27, 2018

It has been raining a lot lately, so the garden is too wet to work on today.

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Instead of weeding and tending to the plants, we are only looking at the plants.
We learned to describe the color, shape and edges of the leaves of all of our plants.

 

 

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In plot 1, the cucumber plants have green leaves, and they are heart-shaped.
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The pepper plants also have green leaves. Their shape is a teardrop, and the edges are smooth.

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In plot 2, the tomato plants have green leaves. The leaves have 7 leaflets.
The edges are very jagged.

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In plot 3, the onions have green leaves that a very different shape. These leaves are the part of the plant that is above the ground while the onion is growing below the ground. The leaves are long shaped, and the edges are smooth.  onion-leaves-103244
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In plot 4, the green beans
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The leaves have 3 leaflets,
and the edges are smooth.

 

 

 

Garden Journal : June 20, 2018

In plot 1, we saw some white blossoms on the pepper plants. We saw 3 little green chilis.Garden-June20-101438 They are not ready to eat until they are red.
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In plot 2, we saw yellow blossoms on the tomato plants. Some plants are tall and some are small. We removed the weeds.
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We do not want the leaves to touch the ground, so we cut those leaves.

In plot 3, the onions are growing taller. There are some weeds we need to pull.

In plot 4, there were 2 rabbits that got in a hole in the fence last week. Teacher Barb’s class covered the hole to keep out the rabbits.

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There are many tomato plants growing from last year’s garden. We dug up many of these tomato plants to give to students to take home with them and re-plant:

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