Thanks, Kohls!!

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The picnic and Children’s Garden would not have been such a success if it was not for the time and talents of a dedicated crop of volunteers from the local Kohl’s department stores: Shakopee, Chaska, and Eden Prairie.  They helped with the set up, cooking, and clean up of the picnic and it could not have happened without them.

Thanks to Samantha, Laura, Kim, Andrea, Jill, Keri, Marlan, Angie, and Shari for all their hard work!

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Evening Celebration Picnic!

We had a wonderful picnic to wrap up the Children’s Garden classes for the summer.  Over 150 people came to celebrate the accomplishments of the 76 children in the program.

We enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies made by the Seed Sowers class, and quick pickles made by the Garden Chefs.  Each family also brought a dish to share, so we had quite a feast.

We passed out green thumb awards, cookbooks, and t-shirts.  Seed Sowers and Garden Chefs collected their ribbons from the Harvest Fair.

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Week 9 Garden Chefs

Last day of class for the Garden Chefs.  We harvested a lot of things from our garden.  We dug potatoes and harvested cucumbers, peas (still in August!?), tomatoes (so few for so late in summer), kale, zucchini (some giants), basil, carrots, onions, peppers, eggplant, and beans (lots and lots of beans).

In the kitchen, we made quick pickles to use that night at the picnic.  For snack, we made bruschetta with garlic and the few ripe tomatoes we could find in the garden.

To finish class, the gardeners selected which categories they would like to enter in the Harvest Fair and prepared their entries.

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Week 9 Seed Sowers

Last day of class for us for the summer.  It was a busy day for us in the kitchen and the garden.  We made over 200 pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for the end of summer evening celebration on Wednesday.  The cookies we made were gluten, dairy, nut, and egg free.  Some kids were skeptical, but they got a thumbs up.  One gardener even said, “This tastes like a regular cookie!”

We also had a lot of harvesting to do in the garden.  We dug potatoes and carrots, harvested broccoli, zucchini, beets, beans, Swiss chard, basil, and tomatoes.

To wrap up our summer, each gardener could enter the harvest fair.  We had many categories to choose from, including king size zucchini, weirdest veggie, and weed sampler.  A judge came and awarded ribbons that the gardeners picked up at the picnic.

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Week 8 Wednesday Mighty Mites

Last day of Wednesday Mighty Mites for the summer.

We did some face painting to celebrate the last day.  Our puppet show reviewed some of the different things we learned over the summer.

We harvested quite a bit from our gardens: basil, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, beets, onions, zucchini, beans, dill, and Swiss chard.

For snack, we used some basil to make garden pizzas.

We figured out our mystery plant is a Zebrina, a flowering plant related to hollyhocks.

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Week 8 Garden Chefs

Beautiful morning for taking care of the garden, although it was quite muddy with all the rain we had recently.  We weeded and harvested many things from the garden including: cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, turnips, carrots, beans, kale, beets, cilantro, peppers, a kohlrabi, eggplant, onions, a few tomatoes, and basil.

For snack, we made roasted veggie flatbreads and a chocolate avocado pudding.

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Week 8 Seed Sowers

We only have one more class left and we are done for the summer.  Our gardens are really starting to produce.  We were lucky enough to have a group of volunteers weed each of our gardens.  They pulled 13 buckets of weeds from the 11 plots of the class.  We really needed some help to get on top of all those weeds!

We measured our bean experiment plants.  Some of them are over 3 feet long without flowers or beans and others are shorter with 2-3 beans on them.

We did work in our garden to rake and get all the little weeds out of our plots.  Harvested a few cucumbers, lots of beans, onions, zucchini, beets, tomatoes, basil, Swiss chard, and carrots.

For snack, we made veggie biscuits.

We also looked around the garden for decomposers.  We found lots of sowbugs, worms, and even a few centipedes when we turned over logs and rocks.

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