Thursday, May 21, 2009

Juan Morel Campos had a Garden E-I-E-I-OOO!

Over the last few days we have been really excited to put new plants in the garden. We started seeds for a whole bunch of plants, like arugula, lemon basil, onions, and tomatillos. We even planted purple carrots, cucumbers that will look like lemons, and beets that are striped pink and white like a peppermint! We didn't know that plants came in so many varieties. The ones you buy in the store are always the same and boring.

We put in other plants, too. We planted string beans and tied them to long wooden stakes. Jesus thinks they will grow to the sky like in Jack and the Bean Stalk. We planted tomatoes on stakes, too. Did you know that the tomato is not a vegetable? It's really a berry, like a strawberry or blueberry. We think that kind of makes sense if you think about it. We also planted two raspberry bushes and two blackberry bushes. Ms. Milewski and Mrs. Simone say that they willbe delicious when they grow fruit, but that might not be this year. We also planted bok choy, which is the cabbage used in chinese food. We are looking forward to the fall, because we put all kinds of pumpkins and squash into the ground, and will hopefully have giant pumpkins in October. We will be in the 9th grade then, but we hope we can still help in the garden.

We were surprised by how much water the plants need. They are very, very thirsty! We can't wait to go the Farner's Market to learn about all the crazy fruits and vegetables they grow. We wish we could buy purple carrots and lemon apple cucumbers and chioggia beets in the regular store!

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