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Truman Middle School

Garden Class 2016-2017

April 10

Today we begin the plant sale for the gardening class.  We have over 400 items for sale.  They include:  Chives, Cosmos, Mixed Zinnia, Cilantro, Roma Tomato, Zucchini, Purple Zinnia, Cucumber, Basil, Hollyhock, California Poppy, Chinese Lantern, Dahlia, Cherry Tomato, Beans, Peppers, Spinach, Marigold, Carnation, Beefsteak Tomato, Seed Tape, Seed Bombs, and a gardening cookbook. 

Prices range from 50 cents to $2.00.  The cookbooks are $5.00. Contact Sydelle Denman​ for details, at 253-571-5602. 

November 16

The gardening class has successfully harvested seeds from spent flower blooms, sown those harvested seeds, nurtured and cared for the tiny seedlings as they have grown into fully mature flowering plants.  Pictures are of nasturtiums, marigolds, and schizanthus flowers, with a beefsteak tomato plant as well.  All of this was done by students in the greenhouse, monitoring their tiny seedlings, documenting growing conditions, and transplanting when seedlings grew out of their pots.  Students will take their plants home for Thanksgiving Break to share with their families.​


November 7

Students have been growing Marigolds, Nasturtiums, and Schizanthus from seeds harvested from the painted concrete planters in the front of the building.  They are maturing nicely in the greenhouse, and will be going home over the holidays.  This is where students learned to harvest seeds/seed pods from spent flower blooms for free seeds for the next season.  Applied economics!  Students have thinned and harvested our first fall crop from the Community Garden.  These delicious, round, red, radishes are gorgeous.  Great job class!  We still have sweet peas and carrots to harvest before the frost!  Students have replaced this harvest with a crop of garlic.  Both softneck and Elephant garlic have been planted in the Community Garden beds.  They will be harvested in the spring.  Additionally, students have planted flowering bulbs of Tulips, Daffodils, Narcissus, and more, in the painted concrete planters in the front of the building.  These will pop up and bloom in the Spring.



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