New Garden Construction

Cedarcrest has a new and improved garden this growing season thanks to the hard work of some keen parent volunteers and our B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club, plus a little help from the funds we raised at our seedling sale.

After a year with our container garden, the new raised planters were constructed and filled with soil on a very hot spring day in May. B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club Animator Mr. Ryan said that the garden is now a much lager space that will accommodate more plants and will be more inviting to the wider school community.

Already we have some parent volunteers who will be coming to help maintain the garden in the summer and, of course, harvest any delicious vegetables, fruits and herbs!

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Pollinator-Friendly Plant Kits

Our lunchtime Green Club at Elizabeth Ballantyne School applied for and received ten free pollinator-friendly plant kits for signing-up to participate in the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) “WILD Spaces for Schools” program.

We began planting the 40 pollinator-friendly perennial plants to attract monarchs, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and songbirds in May. The honeybees in our Alveole rooftop beehive will be happy to have such delicious sources of nectar nearby!

Furthermore, we have initiated “Project Flower” in our school. The project is to get our entire school community involved in the garden by giving every student the chance to plant a flower this June and watch it grow. Another initiative our school’s bee colony will appreciate!

First Seedling Sale Ever!

Our Green Club hosted our first ever seedling sale this May during Daycare Week to raise money to turn our container garden into a permanent schoolyard garden! We raised $120! Thank you to all who supported us!

“I enjoyed selling the flowers to the parents and raising money for the new garden,” said Vasco.

What else did we like about the seedling sale and our garden project?

“I can save the environment and learn to plant and take care of plants,” said Effie.

“Other students can learn from this project to help the environment,” said Andrea.

“Getting your hands dirty!” said Derek.

“How fast the seedlings have grown!” said Micah.

“We enjoyed telling the parents about our flower sale so they could buy some,” said Adam and Jack.

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Pollinator Garden Fiesta

On May 15, 2018 during Daycare Week, our Green Club invited fellow B.A.S.E. daycare students to enjoy the garden. We also shared our knowledge of pollination, since our schoolyard garden is a Certified Wildlife Friendly Habitat!

We showed the younger students how to spread flower seeds and care for them so that the flowers will grow and provide our local bees with nectar.

Bees will be attracted to the garden and help pollinate the vegetable and fruit plants and, in return, we will be rewarded with food!

We also made yummy fruit kebabs for all our garden visitors to enjoy.

Finally Planting!

While we’re still working on seeding and caring for our seedlings (melons, heirloom tomatoes, and eggplants oh my!), we finally got out into our garden on April 27 to plant some radish and transplant our lettuce!

Spring Garden Seeding

We spent this past gorgeous Monday in the sunshine, working in Edward Murphy’s schoolyard garden during our after school Green Club.

It felt so good to be outside without winter jackets, planting and watering and seeing what’s already growing in our garden!

 

Seeding & Seedlings!

Last Friday, April 19, we finally got outside into our garden and did some seeding. Now we just need to wait for the perfect moment to transplant our seedlings that are doing really well. What a great way to celebrate the arrival of spring and Earth Day!

 

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