gardening

Summer’s Bounty

by Caroline

Aside from our one disappointing long weekend of notcamping, my family’s enjoyed a fortunate summer. Unlike poor Lisa’s family, who struggled through a difficult summer of illness and hard work and not a lot of fun, relying — as I would — on the comforts of familiar foods — we were able to explore. We tried new things in the kitchen (zucchini blossoms; homemade nutella; mint stracciatella) and we traveled new places (which I will be writing about in the coming weeks).

But I think my favorite part of this sweet summer was one of our most familiar stops, my parents’ home in Connecticut. Summer is my favorite time to visit because my dad’s garden is always so plentiful. We can never predict whether it’s going to be a good year for apples or peaches, potatoes or green peas, corn or beans, but there’s always something.

This year the harvest looked like this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

Summer is winding down now. School has started, work is amping up, and some worries loom. A new season is beginning. But as I head into the fall and the memory of summer’s bounty starts to fade, I will continue to remember this:

How Does Your Garden Grow?

by Caroline

Summer vacation’s here and I’m catching up on ideas I meant to write about during the school year, like our school garden! The kids work closely with their classroom and science teachers to plant, weed and harvest from the various planters that have been tucked in around the school.

This vertical planter is on the stairwell on the way up to the rooftop play area:

These box planters have drop down plastic covers to protect them from errant basketballs:

Do your kids garden at home or at school? What do you grow?