The Gardening Blog

Welcome to the Gardening Blog! My name is Jeannine Davis and I am the horticulture and gardening teacher at the Waldorf School of Garden City. You can also email me at davisj@waldorfgarden.org. Thank you!

Summer Update

This summer has proven bountiful and very productive! The greenhouse now has a rock floor for drainage and mold prevention. Summer campers were delightful. They loved eating raw kale. I've also had an amazing student volunteer - Andrew Pisano - who helped me harvest over 80 lbs of food that we delivered to a local homeless shelter. I'm looking forward to seeing all my gardeners in September.


Posted by Robert Ingenito on Thursday August 15, 2013 at 10:35AM
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Summer in the Garden

Summer in the garden is bursting with harvests and color. The Waldorf School summer campers have been harvesting, planting and cooking. Our favorite is kale chips. We found that kale with olive oil and a bit of salt is delicious. Packing in the nutrients, it also prevents sickness. We are also getting ready for the massive garlic, shallot and leek harvest - which can dry in our new greenhouse so our cafeteria will have plenty of organic garlic for the upcoming school year. Included in these pictures are also some of end-of-the-school-year pics from gardening classes.


Posted by Robert Ingenito on Thursday July 25, 2013
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Lettuce

This spring has proven bountiful. We are going on our fourth week of supplying lettuce to our School's cafeteria. No lettuce has been purchased from outside sources. We have been enjoying arugula, leeks, boston lettuce, radicchio and romaine lettuce. The students are learning how much work and time goes into properly cleaning it. The new greenhouse has provided a safe haven for sprouting seeds and ourselves in sudden rainstorms. The possibilities are so exciting!


Posted by Robert Ingenito on Monday May 20, 2013 at 08:43AM
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April was an exciting month!

April was an exciting month in the garden. The whole school worked beautifully on the grounds. Grades 1-3 planted marigolds in the garden for pest control and observed bees in their hives with a local beekeeper. The best news is that the hoophouse is finished. It has a solar panel for electricity.


Posted by Robert Ingenito on Tuesday April 30, 2013 at 08:27AM
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Spring!

The sugar snap peas are in the ground and vegetables are sprouting. We have elephant garlic, leeks, garlic and ny corn salad lettuce. All of these vegetables were overwintered. At Crossroads Farm the eighth grade started seed trays of kale, calendula, brussels sprouts, lettuce and swiss chard. It is time to start tomatoes indoors. The greenhouse is on its way too, so exciting.

 

 

Posted by Robert Ingenito on Thursday April 4, 2013 at 09:04AM
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The eighth grade is finishing up their farming block at Crossroads Farm in Malverne. We had a chance to study invasive pests, honeybees, basic organic farming and chickens. The 6th and 7th grade started preserving, canning and fermentation. We made pickles and strawberry preserves. Yum! In other news, I just returned from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey 2013 Winter Conference. The keynote speaker was Elliot Coleman, who is always "on-the-cutting-edge" of farming all year round! Hoophouses and techniques like biointensive farming (planting closer together to utilize your space) were some of the highlights.

Posted by Robert Ingenito on Thursday February 7, 2013 at 09:07AM
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