Sunday, July 24, 2011

So Much Growing Going On

So many changes have been taking place.  Some big and some so small that if you aren't looking you might miss them (like I did!)
look at the garden grow!!!

At first glance the shear size of the garden is evident.  A total of 9 zucchini were harvested this week!
Can you count the number of zucchini on just this one plant?
And from the looks of things there will be many more to harvest in the weeks to come.
Everything is growing very well and the rain we received the last 3 mornings should help keep it up.  The gardeners this week have started to notice a few differences in the two sides.  One is the number of flowers and fruit growing on the zucchini plants seem to be greater on the rain barrel side.  Not by much - but there is a difference.  Also they noticed that the bean plants seemed to be fuller on the rain barrel side as well.  We will have to keep and eye out to see if those differences become even bigger.
flower on left and bean on right?  you decide!

Speaking of beans - we found what we think to be a bean starting to grow.  What do you think?

The corn wins in my book for the biggest and the smallest change (that I missed on first inspection)
Not only is it outgrowing some of our current and future students...
...we have tassels to report on the corn growing on both sides.
And now for the change that I read about in the data collection book and had to go back to get a picture of...drum-roll please!

Tiny little ears of corn have started to grow!  One thing to note about this is that while they are growing on the two remaining plants on the rain barrel side - I could not see any on the rain only side...yet.  We will have to keep our eyes peeled!

One last thing I would like to mention is the weeds - oh do we have weeds.  If you look at the first picture you can see them in the background.  To combat these unwanted plants we have decided to do a large scale weeding tomorrow (Monday) at noon.  So if you are free and would like to get a closer look at whats growing and help pull a few weeds - stop on down to New Century School.  I will bring drinks and a few snacks - but you may want to bring some glove to wear and any tools you may think will help.  Hope to see you there!!


  1. Great entry! Lots of changes happening! I wonder what people are going to do with all of the zucchini.

    How was the weeding party? Did any other kids/families come to join in the fun?


  2. We had a lot of help weeding on Monday and the garden looks great! We even thinned some of the zucchini so you can see individual plants now.

  3. WOW...I have heard, when you garden, you grow! I believe New Century has created a living laboratory in their own backyard. Following this blog has been very exciting and a growing experience for me. I NEVER knew that beans and zucchini were flowering vegetables!

    It is so nice to see families pitch in and encourage their children to become active participants in this learning process. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you Mr. G for keeping the blog growing too!

    I am also dealing with those unwanted pests (japanese beetles), who are ransacking my favorite flowering bush...a lavender flowering hibiscus. I have been trying to trap the pests with bags with little success. I am going to do some research about spraying the bush with a mild soap and water mixture and see if that helps. Hmmm...I wonder if there are some beneficial insects that could help us with these uninvited guests?

  4. Oops...last post from Ms. Tolleson! ;)