The spring garden is really unfurling! I spent quite a bit of time last week weeding and transferring compost from our bins to the beds.
I also had to pull the fava plants (sorry Pierce!) as they were absolutely covered in aphids which were spreading to other plants. I chopped up and then left the nitrogen fixing roots in the beds and moved all of the rest of the plant matter to the compost bins and covered it with a bunch of decomposing matter to try to keep the aphids from fleeing to nearby plants. I also covered the bed with a solid five inches of compost to try to suppress the aphid population. Will see how it goes! One thing is for sure, our future compost will benefit from the fava plant which is full of nitrogen! Such a partner plant for us organic gardeners...
As always, there is no such thing as gardening in our AVS garden without plenty of interaction with critters and wildlife! It's one of the reasons our garden is so ALIVE and beautiful. :)
Miss you all soooo much!
Your moment of zen:
Hello students and parents,
It's hard to believe that we are on week 3 of learning from home. I sure miss all of you and hope you are doing well, finding the time to take care of your spirit and body, and enjoying the beauty of this season.
This week we are going to be drawing a sound map in our nature journals. It is a simple activity, but the goal is to spend time really listening to your surroundings and hearing its language. Can you hear birds? Airplanes? People chatting? What about the wind? Bugs crawling? Lizards scurrying? Take your time and enjoy your moment with nature. The more time you put into it, the more rich of an experience it will be. And if you're anything like I am, time spent paying attention to nature is very therapeutic!
I hope you enjoy this activity and please send me an email or message with a picture of your journal entry to show me your map!
Hugs and slugs,
The spring garden continues to bloom and grow and I keep popping in to keep everything in order! Please know I will be making veggie and herb starts available at the end of the month and will let you know how to "put in your order"!
In the meantime, I'll keep you updated on how things are growing! Hover on the picture for the caption :).
Miss you little gardeners so much!!!
Your moment of zen:
Hello students and parents!
Welcome to our second weekly assignment. This full activity is geared for 3rd-6th grades, though there are many younger children who will enjoy it as well with some guided support.
Kindergarden-2nd grade version: The specific classification for the younger children is less important than them being able to observe that there are differences between critters. Have them collect and draw the critters in their journals, but simply ask them to count the body parts (as best they can) and talk about how different animals have different types of bodies. If your young child is eager to move on to the next level of learning then go right ahead...
There will also be an extension activity intended for the upper grades, but available to any family who would like to do it. If you or your child is particularly interested in critters, then this is a great starter activity for some deeper diving. Email me for suggestions.
(Side note: please do your best to complete these assignments but DO. NOT. STRESS. If you do not have the materials, then you are not being asked to go out and purchase/locate them..do your best to improvise. The intention with these assignments is to keep you engaged with nature and have some time off the screens. Have fun and let me know how it goes! If you have any questions, please reach out.)
We are going to collect 4 types of Arthropods: Crustacea, Myriapoda, Arachnida and Hexapoda. You will then be drawing them and labeling their body parts to identify their characteristics that qualify them for the type of arthropod you selected.
Below is a diagram to help you identify and collect your 4 arthropods:
4) Once you have completed your journal entries you have completed this section of the assignment. If you do not do the next activity you may release your critters. THEY WILL NOT SURVIVE in your containers unless you create a habitat for them...which is an activity for another day :).
Seek by iNaturalist
Hi! Yesterday I went out to the garden to do a little work. I did some weeding, organized the greenhouse, and planted some carrot seeds and pea seedlings that the first graders started. It was a beautiful afternoon in the AVS garden so I took some pictures and a little video to share with you. Hope you enjoy!
And a little moment of zen:
Hello and welcome to our first assignment! In order to prepare for some nature study, we are creating nature journals. After that, we will do a little shades of nature activity. Let's get started!
5) Voila! Your nature journal is ready for the great outdoors. Ready for our color study? Here we go...
Shades of Nature