2014 Children’s Garden Fall

Harvest Time!

It was time for harvesting a few of our lovely cabbage πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

cabbage

Fun cabbage - patch girl!
Fun cabbage – patch girl!
Fun harvest team :)
Fun harvest team πŸ™‚

Then it was time to finish our get well card for Farmer Carol…

card finish

It was an easy day in the garden πŸ™‚

Having done all the hard work last weekend,  this Saturday was easy street in our garden!  Our fun project was creating a heal quickly card for Farmer Carol  :)☺️☺️☺️

card

Farmer Paul, the Supervisor!

paul

Hard at work!
Hard at work!

WOW!  Look what we did!!  πŸ™‚

done

 

Wow! Things have changed since we last met!

wow

Time to fluff up our gardens!
Time to fluff our gardens a bit!
I think this is the biggest cabbage so far!
I think this is the biggest cabbage so far!

Time to say goodbye to our scarecrow πŸ™

goodbye scarecrow

Time for some new garden “jewelry”.

painsies

Gently teasing the roots before planting.

teasing the roots

Is this how you tease the roots?
Is this how you tease the roots?
It takes concentration to get the job done properly!
It takes concentration to plant properly!

Teamwork gets the job done!

teamwork

On to the next project.

next project

Hard at work painting the “arms” of our soon-to-be “pot lady”…

painting

All done! We did such a GREAT job!!
All done! We did such a GREAT job!!

Love the cleanup part of the day!

love cleanup

...more fun with cleanup...
…more fun with cleanup.
The cleanup crew!!
The cleanup crew!!

Another CHILLY day in the Garden!

Our enthusiastic young Farmers weathered the snappy cold air to check in at the children’s garden this past weekend.

Look how our plants have grown!
Look how our plants have grown!

Some of our plants need to be tucked in!

The cold wind has blown these plants over.
The cold wind has blown these plants over.
Brrrrr...it's chilly today :)
Brrrrr…it’s chilly today πŸ™‚

 This is how we keep our scarecrow’s head on πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
scarecrow head

 Now for a walk in the together garden to see how things are doing πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
a walk in together garden

 It’s time to plant the tiny lettuce seedlings.
lettuce seedlings

First....the soil prep :)
First….the soil prep πŸ™‚

Tucking the seedling in…

tuck in chilly

Hard at work :)
Hard at work πŸ™‚

Last but not least…..

....harvesting our lovely lettuce!
….harvesting our lovely lettuce!

WOW!! What a B-L-U-S-T-E-R-Y cold morning at the Farm!!

November is here and it blew in like a lion!  It was a brisk, windy morning and all our plants needed to be propped and retucked!

  strong windy day

WOW!! The wind was strong!
WOW!! The wind was strong!
There was plenty of propping up the plants to do :)
There was plenty of propping up the plants to do.

Teamwork gets the job done ! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
teamwork gets job done

With the Together Garden done, it’s on to our own gardens!

our gardens

What a harvest!
What a harvest!
I found these :)
I found these πŸ™‚

There’s a lot of sweet potatoes in here!more in these
Now …. for the Sweet potato frenzy in Farmer Paul’s garden!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Pauls sweet potatoes

I spy a BIG one!
I spy a BIG one!
WHOA! Look at THIS one!
WHOA! Look at THIS one!

 GET READY !  GET SET ! TIME FOR THE DUMPSTER DANCE!!

dumpster dance

Today was Discovery Day at the Farm !!

discovery

We saw all the stages of the butterfly life cycle!  Caterpillar munching butterfly weed, chrysilas, and the butterfly!

"That's the caterpillar munching!"
“That’s the caterpillar munching!”

Look how our gardens have GROWN !!

our gardens have grown

 

"Didn't I tuck this seedling in nicely?" :)
“Didn’t I tuck this seedling in nicely?” πŸ™‚

Now it’s time to get after the weeds!  πŸ™‚  πŸ™‚

get after the weeds

Did we get all the weeds in this garden ?  πŸ™‚
all the weeds

Visiting Farmer Sandy’s garden.

Farmer Sandy

 

 

Today we Decorate our Fall Garden πŸ™‚  πŸ™‚

It’s the season for pumpkins and hay bales and a garden “lady”…

Ladies-in-waiting...
Ladies-in-waiting…
Preparing our newspaper stuffing
Preparing our newspaper stuffing

Stuffing our scarecrow…

stuffing

Let’s get the scarecrow put together!

putting her together

Time to carry her to the bench…

to the bench

Teamwork!
Teamwork!

 

She's coming together!
She’s coming together!

 WE DID IT !!!

 

Isn't she lovely ?!!!!
Isn’t she lovely ?!!!!

Later, we helped Farmer Paul harvest some of his sweet potatoes…

sweet potato harvest

And then there was time to admire how well our gardens are growing!

We are so proud ! :)
We are so proud ! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

New Farmers join the Children’s Garden!

Farmers Jane and Paul were delighted to meet three new Farmers who joined the group!

First day at the Farm....soil prep 101!
First day at the Farm….soil prep 101!

Let’s do this…the Together Garden must get planted today!
the together garden

Get ready - get set - let's plant! :)
Get ready – get set – let’s plant! πŸ™‚

On to the Together Garden!

Be gentle taking the plants out...hold the roots and the neck.
Be gentle taking the plants out…hold the roots and the neck

 

Planting takes concentration.
Planting takes concentration.

It’s important to properly space the plants!

spacing

tucking in is important
The all-important tuck in.

Tucking in the little collard.

Yummy...I can taste them already :)
Yummy…I can taste them already πŸ™‚

Carrot seeds sure are tiny!

tiny carrot seeds

We did it!

We planted our first garden!!!
We planted our first garden!!!

Hard working Farmers….

...love to play in the dirt:)
…love to play in the dirt:)

 

Taste-tasting our roasted Peanuts!

Farmer Jane roasted the peanuts we harvested last week.  We just had to taste them before we started to plant our Fall gardens!

tasting peanuts

Then we got ready for our next project.

ready for our next project

Soil prep is step #1.

soil prep

Getting our plant food into the soil.
Getting our plant food into the soil.

 

Then we must choose our plants.

choosig our plants

Planning...laying out the plan...and then planting!
Planning…laying out the plan…and then planting!

These lettuce seeds are teeny…tiny!

tiny lettuce seeds

The final "tucking in"...we'll save these plants for the "together garden!"
The final “tucking in”…we’ll save these plants for the “together garden!”

We had some time to be good Farm-neighbors!

sweet potatoes

 

Framer Bettys potatoes
Helping Farmer Betty with her Sweet Potatoes!

Teamwork gets the job done.

teamwork

 

It’s Peanut harvest time in the Children’s Garden!!!

The children returned from the summer to a bountiful garden.

It's good to be back!!!!
It’s good to be back!!!!

 

It was a big day for the peanut crop!

Ready for harvest!!
Ready for harvest!!

This is how we do it…..

Gently lift the plant and shake the soil off....then check for loose peanuts in the soil.
Gently lift the plant and shake the soil off….then check for loose peanuts in the soil.
All hands checking for those peanuts...
All hands checking for those peanuts…

Look at this JUMBO peanut!!!!!

jumbo peanut

 

Look at this Farmer's awesome handful!!
Wow! This young Farmer’s got an awesome handful!!

 

Everyone had a turn lifting with the pitchfork.
Everyone had a turn lifting with the pitchfork.

We were joined by two more eager peanut Farmers……..  πŸ™‚  πŸ™‚

A couple of little Farmers helped with the last of the peanut harvest :) :)
A couple of little Farmers helped with the last of the peanut harvest !!

Welcome back to the garden!  So good to see Farmer Paul!!!

missed Paul

....and Farmer Carol, too!!
….and Farmer Carol, too!!

Farmer Jane and her young Farmers discuss the Fall season’s plan for their gardens!

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At the end of the day…..heading home with our peanut harvest!

Our peanuts need to dry before we roast or boil them!
Our peanuts need to dry before we roast or boil them!

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