• 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.