Summer is coming!!!
I can smell it in the air. I can see it in the sunsets. I can feel it in my bones.
As a teacher, the last few weeks of school carry a very special energy. Students and teachers alike are little extra squirrelly.
And I love it. I love the anticipation. Of something new. Something special. Something different.
Since my students are quickly changing from sweet little sixth graders into sassy seventh graders, I like to change things up to keep them on their toes.
So every Monday for the last four weeks of school, we head to the garden.
Our school has a partnership with an organization called “Grow Some Good.” A wonderful lady named Tricia comes and teaches our students all about the garden.
For social studies, we look at the Ancient Hawaiians. We learn about the plants that are native to Maui as well as the ones that were brought over on canoes by the first two-way voyagers. We also plant based on the Hawaiian Moon Calendar which is an incredible tool for any gardeners or fisherfolk out there.
Fascinating things I have learned in the garden so far…
Comfrey and Lemon Grass are amazing!! Their roots stretch out up to 35 feet in search of nutrients they need. So if you plant them in your garden, they will seek out what is missing from the soil and bring it up into their leaves. Then, you can mulch the leaves of the comfrey/lemongrass around your garden. And BOOM, the missing nutrients get added to your soil.
Monkey Pod beans make great fertilizer. They add nitrogen to the soil. So rake ’em up and spread ’em out. You can also use cardboard to kill weeds. Doesn’t look very pretty but gets the job done. Apparently worms love it. And make all kinds of natural fertilizer as they break it down.
The Crown Plant is what Monarch butterflies eat. So if you want to see caterpillars and attract butterflies to your yard, this is a wonderful addition to your garden.They eat the leaves. And the flowers make lovely leis.
So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Well, that and grading. And teaching. And planning. Oh and that nasty bout with the Black Plague. But the end is in sight.
Only 12 more school day wake ups!!!
Love, Love, Love,
The Girl Who Lives In My Head