Thursday, March 29, 2012

spuds in tubs: planting

This year the students in Blair are participating in a provincial agriculture/gardening program called Spuds in Tubs. The students of divisions 3, 5 and 10 are part of our "potato crew" and will be doing most of the maintenance of the potato tubs but all of the students in the school are going to be learning about and observing how potatoes grow. More information about the program can be found HERE (click to be linked to the Spuds in Tubs website).

On Thursday, March 8th, students from divisions 3, 5 and 10 pulled the seed potatoes out of the bag and had a look.

We filled the tubs with soil.

We added special food to the soil.

We carefully measured and planted 5 potatoes in a circle in each tub, 
about 10cm in from the sides of the tub.

We watered each tub with a jug of water.

The potatoes were left alone for over two weeks in a corner of the library. When we came back from spring break, the students were all so excited to see how much the potatoes had grown!

We're also developing a collection of books about potatoes, both information and story books.

On Wednesday, March 28, a group of students from divisions 5 and 10 helped "hill" the potato plants. At this stage, more soil is added and built up around each plant. We will keep doing this until the soil reaches the top of the tubs.

We gave each tub another good dose of water.

Once the soil is up to the tops of the tubs and the plants are growing tall and strong above the tops of the tubs, it will be time to move the tubs outside.

~Ms Novakowski

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