Ebinport Gardens Fall 2016
Despite a long, hot and very dry summer, our Ebinport Gardens continued to grow!
Students began their standards based garden lessons in September and wrapped up
in November with a pre-frost harvest. Lots of learning and outdoor fun was shared
with all of our awesome Ebinport students!
Kindergarten students explored their 5 Senses around the garden. We listened to bird
calls from common birds that visit our garden. We tasted sage leaves as we used them
to brush our teeth. Some herbs smelled good, others smelled bad. Soft lamb’s ear leaves
felt like a blanket, while the gourd leaves felt like sandpaper. We used our eyes to
find colorful flowers and various sizes of leaves.
First grade students reviewed the parts of a plant, and what parts we are eating
when we enjoy carrots, celery, lettuce, broccoli, corn and strawberries. Each student
planted and watered seeds for fall crops like collards, spinach, kale, carrots and cabbage.
Second grade students study weather throughout the year, and they come to harvest
in the garden when it’s almost time for the first fall season frost. We learn how
the various elements of weather affect the garden, and ways to measure them. Students
eagerly dug up sweet potatoes, patiently shelled beans and peas, and picked
peppers and tomatoes.
Third grade students were able to touch and hold the three different types of rocks, along
with learning how those rocks eventually break down to create our types of soil. We made
our own sand out of crushed rock, felt some rock-hard red clay, and helped feed the
compost that makes up our healthy humus soil. Students also reviewed the Native American
3 Sisters of corn, beans and squash that are grown each year in our garden.
Fourth grade students explored the garden learning about the Old World and New World
plants that we are able to grow and eat thanks to the Columbian Exchange. They learn why
Columbus incorrectly named the pepper plant “peppers”, that New World sweet potatoes are
not Old World yams, and that the seeds they planted will grow through the winter here
thanks to the Old World explorers. They learned how the Columbian Exchange gave us Italian
Marinara sauce, Columbian Coffee, and Irish Potatoes.
Fifth grade students reviewed two areas of science – mixtures and solutions and landform
changes. The effects of hurricane Matthew were easy to see around the garden with
weathered plants, eroded soil and deposited mulch. The rock paths outside the garden are
experiencing landform change as they gradually become mulch covered due to erosion and
deposition. Students harvested fresh herbs from the garden to mix into different types of
vinegar to create infused vinegar solutions. Vinegars flavored with rosemary, thyme, sage,
basil, garlic and pineapple sage were created and shared with each of the classes.