Garden Cookies!

Did you know your garden might have a sweet tooth? We made “garden cookies,” (actually seed bombs) for our schoolyard garden!

Using soil, clay, water and seeds, we used our hands to make the “cookie dough” for our garden cookies. We learned that our schoolyard garden’s pollinators would like our calendula, morning glory and black eyed Susan “garden cookie mix.” When we feed the cookie seed bombs to our garden, those colourful flowers will grow and attract pollinators that will help our plants grow.

It was great fun getting messy and creating yummy “snacks” to share with our garden when the growing season begins!



Local & Healthy Eating

This week I took a few photos during our Green Club activity when we prepared and ate a salad.

We learned how to make a healthy salad using some local ingredients, such as carrots, apples and honey for our vinaigrette. We learned about what fruits and vegetables can be grown in Quebec and looked at the labels on our ingredients.

This month is also Nutrition Month. It’s important to learn how to prepare your own food from scratch! It’s healthy!

Our favourite part was getting to eat the yummy salad!

By Rayan Khadhri

Hoop-House Experiment

Our Green Club took on the challenge of seeing if our vegetables could grow into the winter season by building a hoop-house, basically a small greenhouse.

Over a structure of supports, we secured a plastic tarp that would keep the sun’s heat in to keep the plants alive.

Did you know some plants like kale, chard and spinach like cooler temperatures and actually taste better when harvested later?

During the winter we had to dig our hoop-house out of the snow and the tarp was frozen once from all the rain. Unfortunately, none of our kale or chard survived. We realized that we planted them too close to the edge and the tarp and they froze.

However, when we checked this week, we saw some spinach had germinated and hopefully will be mature in three weeks!

Winter Growing Season

Our St. Monica Green Club built hoop-houses over two of our garden beds this past November to see if our crops could keep growing into the winter.

We checked in on our hoop-houses over the winter and you can see below a few pictures from a sunny day this week. We’re so thrilled some of our plants survived and are waiting for some sunny, warm days to hopefully harvest after March Break. Fingers crossed for a yummy winter salad!

You can read more about how our hoop-house came to be on page 12 of the Touching B.A.S.E. on Daycare Matters Newspaper.




Seedling Sale Preparation

We can’t wait to host our next seedling sale in a few short months!

In Green Club on February 26, 2018, we looked through three catalogues to order our seeds. We chose seeds of plants that our customers liked last year, seeds of our favourite plants and those that thrived in our grow station environment. Some of the seeds we chose were sunflowers, poppies, basil, cherry tomatoes and peppers!

We also prepared our watering and fertilizing schedule and will re-build our grow station after March Break.

You can look back to our seedling sale from May 2017 in this video. We grew 100 healthy plants and raised about $300 to help re-establish our schoolyard garden this coming spring! This year we hope to grow 250 plants! Plus, we were lucky to receive a grant from EcoLeague for $400 to help us buy organic vegetable soil to fill our new raised planters and geo-textile material as a weed barrier! We’ll keep you updated!


Making Paper You Can Plant!

One week in November 2017 during Green Club, we made our very own paper using newspaper and recycled paper! Then we went a step beyond and decorated our paper using petals from flowers in our schoolyard garden, as well as seeds from wild flowers and other plants.

We then turned our handmade paper into cards that can be planted once they’ve been enjoyed!


Spoils from the Harvest

Our garden is turning six years old this year! We had a great harvest party in October 2017 with various stations, run by Green Club members, for our fellow daycare students, staff and parents to visit.

There was a market table where visitors could purchase some of our garden’s produce, a compost station, a seed saving workshop, a planting garlic station run by our partner Ca Pousse, and, of course, a yummy harvest soup and other treats. The St. Monica Green Club worked hard to make sure everyone enjoyed their visit to our garden celebration!




DIY Natural Soap

Did you know that you can make your own soap?

As we learn in Green Club about where our food comes from, and how to grow our own plants, it only makes sense to learn about what kind of ingredients are in other things we use every day, like soap! Sometimes when you buy lotions or soaps from the store they can have lots of extra ingredients in them that might not be so good for you. It turns out it’s not so hard to make your own soap, and that way you know what ingredients you’re putting on your skin.

In February 2018, we made our own natural soap using only a few ingredients, including essential oils made from plants that we can grow in our garden (like lavender, mint, rosemary, calendula, or chamomile). You can also add flowers and seeds for extra decoration!


St. Raphael: Hydroponic System Phase I — EMSB B.A.S.E. Daycare

An exciting new project at St. Raphael is underway! B.A.S.E. Daycare students are spending their lunch times once a week building a Living Green Wall with Concordia’s Food Group Research Project HydroFlora who work within Concordia’s Greenhouse. Here is the hydroponic system the students have built so far, the first step before actually constructing their green wall! […]

via St. Raphael: Hydroponic System Phase I — EMSB B.A.S.E. Daycare

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