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Learning Garden
Spring Avenue is proud to present our very first school learning garden! Over the past year, our School Learning Garden has been offering various opportunities for students to get their hands dirty and discover the many components that create a beautiful, healthy living garden. Using a hands-on approach, Spring Avenue's learning garden helps foster a deeper appreciation and experience for learning.
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What's New?
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Green Club 2012
Introducing Spring Avenue's Green Club! We're definitley having a blast getting our hands dirty! This past Monday, the kids continued to clean up the garden by composting, planting bulbs, harvesting broccoli, raking, and more.

We have recently added a hoop house to the garden so the kids can grow veggies during the winter. Right now we have lettuce sprouting. It's so exciting!

Go Green Club!

Please sign up on VolunteerSpot to help with the Spring Avenue Learning Garden this summer!
We’re using VolunteerSpot (an online sign up and reminder tool) to schedule our upcoming activity.

Please sign up - here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this button to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:


2) Enter your email address. (No registration required!) Please note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone or send spam emails.

3) Sign Up!
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Sharing Our Harvest

Together the first and sixth grade students recently harvested three bags of arugula, lettuce, and spinach from our school garden. What a successful season! To share in this great harvest, the produce will be donated to the local food pantry for the needy. This is such a wonderful opportunity for the students to reap what they sow and share it with the local community!
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Updated Learning Garden Journal
Click Here to view the updated Learning Garden Journal written by Rose Naseef. Thanks to all the parent volunteers who have made our Learning Garden look beautiful this Fall.
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Spring Avenue Garden

After many discussions and thoughts about continuing the Spring Avenue Learning Garden through the summer, the garden committee has decided to wait until next fall to resume planting due to construction. We want to keep our students and community members safe. With all the big equipment and safety zones, we felt it was best to wait.

When students return to school in August and after a much anticipated unveiling of the school's makeover, we feel this is a great time to begin planting again.

We thank everyone for their continued support and look forward to continuing this joyous journey in creating a school learning garden!

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What to do in April
Ahhh. Spring is here! This means that seeds should be germinating by now and gardeners are really starting to get ready for the planting season.

Did you know that you can mow your lawn for the first time already? Yes you can. Just remember not cut your lawn too short or else you may damage the grass or worse yet, invite more weeds to grow in your yard.

If you were planning on reseeding your lawn or maybe sprucing it up a bit, the end of April is a great time to do so.

It's still too early to plant anything outside. After the last expected frost, around May 15, the soil should be warm enough to be worked and you can dig in!



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Spring Is Almost Here
Spring is just around the corner which means it's time to start planning your garden layout and what to plant.

When to plant?
As soon as the ground can be worked hardy vegetables can planted. This could be as early as the middle of March. If you plan on growing vegetables from seed, check the back of your seed packet to get an idea of how long it takes your seed variety to germinate.

*Tip* Remember to keep your precious seeds away from a drafty window or you'll end up with spindly, weak seedlings.

What to plant?
The hardiest vegetables that can be planted in zone 5 (Illinois zone) are asparagus, garlic (from cloves) kohlrabi, kale, onion, rhubarb, and turnips.

What can I do right now?
Gather those seed magazines and start planning. What would you like to plant this year that grew beautifully last year? What didn't grow so well last year? (for me, my corn was destroyed by raccoons 1 week before harvest, quite the disappointment!) How will you lay out your garden? Where do you get the most/least sunshine?

I don't have time/space for a garden. What can I do?
Container gardening! All you need are some pots (stay away from plastic), good soil, holes for drainage, and some container friendly seeds.
Here's a list of some possibilities:
- peas
- lettuce
- carrots (short root variety, try Nantes)
- tomatoes
- potatoes (you'll need very deep pots- at least 12 inches)
- cucumbers
-eggplant
- herbs
-squash
-zucchini

Until next time... happy gardening!

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+ Pearson, Celeste
+ Walsh, Katie
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