Poncha Springs Children’s Garden

Each class will consist of an activity on the topic and a gardening lesson. We will keep a journal. Please bring sunscreen, water, hat, and sturdy shoes. Gloves are optional.
Call Suzanne Ward, 539-8523, or the town hall, 539-6882, if you have any questions.

Introduction and signup
SOIL, NOT DIRT!
The basis of life comes from the soil. Soil is composed of rocks, decomposing plants and animals, microorganisms, minerals and water.
Children will participate in an activity to learn about the different types of soil and how to determine what type of soil we have in our garden. They will learn how to amend and improve the soil.

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PROPAGATION OF PLANTS
Plants reproduce in various ways; including seeding, stem cutting, leaf cutting, root cutting, dividing and layering.
Children will learn about the different methods of plant propagation and determine what to use in our garden. We will plant the garden.

Colton digs a hole

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE (OR NOT!)
All living things need water to live. The water cycle keeps the water on the Earth.
Children will learn about the water needs of plants in our garden and how they can be met.

PLANTS NEED WHAT?
Like animals, plants need certain things in order to live.
Children will participate in an activity to learn about the needs of plants and how to provide for them.

INSECTS AND BIRDS (FRIENDS IN THE GARDEN?)
Some insects and birds are beneficial to our garden and some may be considered pests.
Children will learn which insects and birds to invite and which we need to discourage.

Suzanne Ward explains seed planting

PLANT DISEASES
Insects are not the only threat to our garden. Plants can get sick, just like people.
Children will learn how to keep the garden plants healthy by correct watering, spacing, choosing the right plant and more.

THINGS THAT GROW
Vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, flowers, there are many different types of plants and plant products.
Children will explore the world of plants and uses for plants.

 

Kids see their plants growing.

GROWING FOR A LIVING
People who love plants have many choices for creating careers in growing.
Children will explore careers, which involve growing and using plants.

PRESERVING THE HARVEST
There are a variety of methods of preserving food, including drying, freezing, canning, pickling.
Children will learn about the various methods of preserving food and participate using one of these methods.

HARVEST PARTY!
Children must attend a minimum of five classes to attend the party.
Children will celebrate the growing season, the community garden and the harvest!

Suzanne Ward

Suzanne Ward has spent 22 years in the classroom. She has degrees in Psychology, Elementary Education, and a Masters Degree in Education. She is a CSU Master Gardener and the farmer at The Morgan Center for Earth Literacy. She helped found the Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance and serves on the board as Secretary and Education Director. She also plans programs for the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association.