In mid-summer, we
replant certain foods that will complete their life cycle before the
students return for their fall term. Foods like beans, squash, and
cucumber are replanted so they are available for our welcome back to
harvest and food sampling and for the
harvest soup the last week
Students plant them in spring for summertime events and for
volunteers who help with summer maintenance.
The return to school is
focused on curriculum related lessons with a tasting at the end of class
of a featured food. When we plant in fall, we are highlighting
plants with unique lifecycles for our hardiness zone. We emphasize
special plant adaptations that help with winter survival.
Fall planting is used
to get ready for spring.
spring flowering bulbs in flower beds.
We mainly plant daffodils since the deer leave them alone and
daffodils are prolific reproducers for several years.
Daffodils are a great flower to help students examine and understand
flower parts. Follow this link for more information about
Garlic is planted
in class garden beds. We plant hard neck garlic since it is
winter-hardy. We save some bulbs from the summer harvest to
plant cloves in the fall.
We plant two kinds of winter-hardy
perennial onions in class garden beds, Egyptian walking
onions and bunching onions. Bunching onions, also referred to
as scallions, do not produce large bulbs. "Bunching" means
they will produce a grouping of onions in the ground. Harvest
the older onions, leave the younger onions in the ground, and you'll
have a continuous supply. Bunching onions send up a flower
stalk with a round head of flowers that produce seeds. Walking
onions will also bunch in the ground, but instead of a seed head,
they create a cluster of small sets at the top of a stalk.
"Walking" comes from the plant's habit of planting its sets when the
clump of sets becomes heavy and bends the stalk to the ground.
The sets can be harvested for eating, but be sure to save some to
plant in the fall. Harvest some of the young, green onions in
spring and leave some for more sets.