Sunday, May 6, 2012

Superheroes plant Potatoes!

Was it a Potato-a-thon?

A classroom set of potatoes were planted in our lasagna patch during our outdoor walking fundraiser. Whomever heard of potato lasagna?  Well, now you have!

On the day of the walk-a-thon - well, indeed, during the senior walkathon, a Grade One class with a superhero 'theme', were seen wearing capes, digging, laying stone paths, and then Superhero Julia made way for the ONLY rain during the outdoor event rain right ON top of the potato patch.  Amazing. 
No leaping of tall buildings in a single bound, but close on the magic scale.  We even planted right before a full moon, the moonrise the next day was a huge orange moon 14% larger than normal, the largest this year.  Just wait until those potatoes start growing!  

The first part of potato growing happens under the ground, so if you may think that nothing is happening, think again!  This smart plant is forming all of its roots and tubers through our layers of soil (thanks for the spot-on delivery, Henry!), leaves, compost, straw, manure and, yes, cardboard to reclaim the sod.
With any luck, they'll be mashing in September.  

This area of the school gets great south and west sunlight and radiant heat from the gym wall during the summer.  If you want to join our 14 watering families, let us know.  The potatoes should thrive here in our first in-ground food garden.  Stay tuned next week when Grade Two's will plant corn and beans!
Ms Griffiths and Ms Andrews have already planted sunflowers and nasturtiums for the welcome gardens.

Able to plant a classroom of potatoes in a single hour !
Thanks to Julia and Libby our parent superheroes.

Walk-a-thon Weather Fairies hard at work keeping students dry.
Note the cloud only headed to the potato patch :-)
Potato joke:  Q: What's a frogs favourite lunch?   A: French Flies :-)