reflections from two rivers
Written by Olivia Moran, Two Rivers Garden Lead
This fall has been full of harvesting and planting. We started seeds from Sow True Seed last spring and were able to harvest from a few of the plants we started. Some of those were Cayenne pepper, Ashe Co. purple peppers, Chioggia beets, evening star sunflower, and rainbow beets. Additionally, a kind Two Rivers parent, Alan Hansen, donated kale and chard which has made the garden even more colorful and delicious. Kale is one of the students favorite munchy in the garden. It is always encouraging seeing kids who get excited about eating something straight out of the garden.
Before classes eat, they usually plant. Planting is always a relaxing and exciting activity. This fall, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes have been extremely involved in planting the fall crops. Planting is not only fun but a good character building activity. The students are able to decide what area of the garden they want to plant and work as a team to get the job done. This fall we have planted butter crunch lettuce (pictured below), Russian kale, collards, cauliflower, and romaine lettuce.
This fall, we have been learning about the amazing properties of comfrey. Not only does comfrey have medicinal uses but also uses for garden fertility. We have used comfrey as a green fertilizer in our beds. Before we plant, we take comfrey leaves and shred them up and work it into the garden before planting. Comfrey has been a great tool to teach the importance of soil health.
We are also preparing for winter. Now, the garlic is planted and the cover crops are sowed. We are hoping the greens we have planted will be able to survive the frost. While the temperatures are low this winter, we will work on garden bed borders and garden beautification.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Office
Lower Level 171 Grand Blvd
PO Box 67
Boone, NC 28608