Our Grow Station at Pierre Elliott Trudeau is looking great with our signs up!
Our seedlings are coming along nicely too!
We’re mimicking nature in our Nesbitt Green Club these early spring days by growing seeds indoors!
This week we re-purposed milk cartons to start some seeds to plant outside in our future veggie garden and in planters around the school grounds. We tried seeding tomatoes, kale, basil, zinnias and lavatera flowers to see if they will grow inside our daycare window. (Did you know Nesbitt will be growing our own vegetables this year? Watch for our future garden patches to appear by the main entrance this spring!)
We used the “finger hole” seeding method. In our mix of potting and composting soil, we made five holes with our fingers and put one to two seeds in each hole.We then carefully labelled popsicle sticks so we can identify our seedlings and remember which day they were planted!
Now we get to care for and watch our seeds grow, right next to our sprouting station!
Who knew milk and egg cartons could be used for so much more than holding milk and eggs? We up-cycled/recycled/re-purposed our milk and egg cartons to start our seedlings for our schoolyard garden!
One method we learned about for preparing seed trays is the “sprinkle method,” which we used for our basil, lettuce and kale seeds. We also seeded tomatoes, hot peppers, purple cauliflower and some flowers in our mix of potting soil and shrimp compost and placed them under grow lights.
We’re learning about how to care for our seeds, that will turn into seedlings, that will then be transplanted into our garden when the time is just right! And all this happened while beautiful Earth Day posters were beginning to appear on the walls of our school, celebrating the earth and encouraging us to be more conscious about waste!
On March 22, 2018, in honour of World Water Day, our Green Club played the “Right to Accessible Water” relay race from the Equitas Play it Fair! game developed for the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Suzuki Superhero Challenge.”
We learned about the importance of clean drinking water, while also sharing the responsibility of ensuring that everyone has equal access.
We discovered that “one in 10 people in the world lacks access to safe water to drink. One in three people does not have enough water for basic needs (i.e., drinking, cooking and washing).”
On March 22, 2018, we learned the importance of clean water sources in Green Club for World Water Day.
To start off, our Green Club played a game to discover which of six household appliances is the “thirstiest!” Turns out it’s the toilet!
Then we began to visualize the current state of the earth’s major water sources, like lakes, rivers and oceans, and what happens when these water sources are polluted.
Mr. Ryan started polluting a bucket of water with bottles, wrappers etc. from our classroom trash, and asked us how we would feel if we were a fish living in that water! Not good!
Our Green Club has been working on creating a bee habitat for many weeks this winter. We finally finished our project by decorating our bee hotel with beads, paint and designs!
We learned about how Canadian native bee populations are declining because of chemical fertilizers and pesticides being used, and wanted to help by creating a bee-friendly habitat. We hope you get your own ideas for YOUR OWN bee hotel!
Bees are an important part of the ecosystem and some types of bees don’t live in a hive, so we can help by making them a home. We learned that local bees that don’t live in colonies may not make honey like honeybees, but they are really great at pollinating, which is very important for growing food! And we grow lots of vegetables, herbs and fruits in our schoolyard garden!
My favourite part of the whole project was drilling holes into the pieces of wood!
Now we have to focus on placing our bee hotel in the best spot in our garden and planting bee-friendly plants!
By Aiden Vaillant
On Monday, March 26, 2018, there was an exciting “Seed Bomb Day” event at Edward Murphy!
Two daycare groups made two different types of seed bombs. The Grades 4 to 6 students made greens bombs with black and green kale and arugula. The Grade 2 to 3 group made marigolds bombs to add colour, attract pollinators and deter insect pests around the schoolyard and our schoolyard garden.
Everyone had fun and got creative making seed bombs into all kinds of shapes—animals, food shapes, cubes and more!
Our seed bombs will be saved for a “launching day” to be scheduled this spring, when we will throw our seed bombs around the schoolyard and let them grow.
Our Green Club was on hiatus for the winter months, so this activity gave our daycare a fresh taste of Green Club activities in anticipation of our official Green Club relaunch on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Back in early February, our Green Club began learning about growing sprouts and veggies using simple hydroponics and aquaponics. We learned that there are all kinds of ways we can grow food and plants without even using soil or a garden!
We put together our “salad growing” station from a mini aquaponics set Ms. Shannon had. The pump circulates the water from the aquarium through the plants, keeping them hydrated, healthy and alive!
So far we’ve successfully sprouted kale, peas, lettuce and other greens. We are hoping to add a fish one day soon to help add nutrients to the water and plants, and turn our hydroponics into aquaponics, as well as brighten up our aquarium and our daycare even more!
Here you will see a picture of our system from February when we started our seeds and one with our growing sprouts one month later. Our daycare gets greener every day!