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N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kids in the Garden – Week 3 - Scorcher

Week 3 Kids in the Garden - mosaic The third week of our ‘Kids in the Garden’ was HOT!  With the hot weather and ‘Camp Invention’ going on we had a smaller group of just 7 kids.  It was a FABULOUS group though and we did lots of great things in the gardens and managed to stay pretty cool while doing it.
Kids in the Garden - Week 3 Our afternoon started out by taking the kids to check out the south gardens.  We ran out of time last week and we wanted to make sure everything got a good looking over.  Kids in the Garden - Week 3The kids helped identify the plants growing and also identified what shouldn’t be growing (the weeds) and pulled some out for us.    
They stopped out and measured the sunflowers: 11-inchesKids in the Garden - Week 3After the kids visited the gardens we headed back to the sheds, grabbed drinks from the hose and ran through the sprinkler to cool off.  Next on the lesson plan – SOIL!  Diane showed the kids different types of soil – clay (from our orchard), sand (from Frank and Diane’s land), and compost.  Kids in the Garden - Week 3Once they looked at the soil it was time for a trip to our compost pile!
Kids in the Garden - Week 3Next – we mulched the duck race garden.  The kids shredded up newspaper and spread it around the plants.  While we were looking at this garden we also did a quick check on our rain gauge gnome – zero.  Kids in the Garden - Week 3  Then they added woodchips to hold the paper down. By mulching the garden the weeds will be must easier to control.  Kids in the Garden - Week 3 Once we had the garden mulched the kids took the bottles they had painted the week before and added them to the edge of the duck race garden.  Kids in the Garden - Week 3We’ll have the kids that missed class put their bottles in to complete the ‘look’ at our next session – which is on July 12th.  There’s no class next Thursday with the fourth of July but don’t worry – we’ll keep things alive until we meet again! Kids in the Garden - Week 3After another water break – we took the kids out to some of our fruit gardens to find a little snack.  Our first stop was the tractor tire strawberry gardens – we just have a few plants for Cedi and Capri to munch on but we did find enough ripe ones for the kids to all try one.  They are ever bearing strawberries, not very pretty but definitely delicious!Kids in the Garden - Week 3Next stop – a snack of blueberries in ‘Blueberry Bumble’.  The blueberries are just starting to ripen.  Be sure to be on our email list so you don’t miss out on blueberries this summer.  I’ll be sending out an email soon with details on how you can buy some! 
I mentioned to some of the mom’s that it was quite an adventure starting our blueberry garden and if you want to read about that check out this blog post.   Kids in the Garden - Week 3  On the way back, the group stopped under our new playground set and went digging for some more worms to add to the worm farm.  Kids in the Garden - Week 3 It was a successful dig!Kids in the Garden - Week 3
With a few minutes left in our session we just let the kids play on the swings and in the water.  Olivia was definitely the water bug of the day!

See you all on July 12th!  Have a wonderful 4th of July!


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