What We Learned This Year in the Garden!

With the first day of school fast approaching, our children’s drop-in gardening program is coming to a close. Let’s take a quick look at some of the exciting things we’ve learned this summer!

We grew a lot of yummy fruits and vegetables! We learned how to sow the seeds, water our plants, and harvest our crops.

Some of the veggies we got to enjoy were lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, and beans. We also picked and tasted some sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb.

It was a really great way for us to learn about where our food comes from – through playing games, like a farm to plate relay race, we talked about all of the miles our food often travels before we get to eat it!

We also learned about how we can grow our own food locally and the ways that it’s helpful for our pockets, our health, and our environment.

We also got to explore our community garden space this summer, discovering all of the critters and creatures that live in our backyards.

Acting like bees and butterflies as we played pollination tag, we got to learn about why pollination is such an important natural process for nature and for us!

We teamed up and did a bug hunt in the garden, too! Drawing and naming the insects we came across helped us to discover more about how bugs aren’t just creepy or crawly, but do a lot of stuff that helps our food grow healthy and strong!

We also got to work on beautifying our garden, an important task because we learned about what an important community space it is in our urban neighbourhood! We built and decorated recycled bird feeders to attract more animals to our garden, and learned how to weed our plots and cut the grass!

We can’t wait until next spring so we can learn more about the amazing things that can happen in our own backyards here in the Thorncliffe Family Garden!

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