Monday, March 1, 2010

Growing Gardens!

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Eating healthy begins with making healthy food choices.

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Miss McGeady asked if anyone in Mrs. Yollis' class grows their own vegetables or fruit. 

I sent an email out to parents, and it turns out that Trent, Caleb, and our friend, Mrs. Ranney, all enjoy growing their own food to eat!

Trent's garden


 In the lower front portion on the
left is squash, in the middle back is lettuce, in front of that is a patch
of carrots.  The right lower portion has five different types of tomatoes.

Our most prized portion though is the upper tier.  It is filled with our
artichokes.  You can see that they grow in big bushes and the chokes growout of them.  We like to steam them and eat the leaves, but the best part is the heart.  Our dog, Dodger, even likes to the eat the leaves too.

We have had up to 45 artichokes growing at the same time!

If you leave them too long, they go to flower.  The flower is so beautiful
though that we let a few go every season just to see the gorgeous purple

Artichokes a plenty! 


An artichoke that was allowed to flower. 


Mrs. Ranney's garden! 


 Here is Mrs. Ranney's garden from last year. She grew eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, broccoli, lettuce, Swiss chard, zucchini and yellow squash, onions, radishes, carrots, nasturtiums (edible), and some other flowers to help ward off pests.


Caleb's fruit trees and garden!

Caleb and his family grow lettuce, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, onions, carrots, artichokes, beans, lemons, oranges, limes, and a ton of different herbs.

Towering tomatoes...coming soon!

Do you grow some of your own food?

Please send Mrs. Yollis or Miss McGeady a photo from your garden!

Let's keep this garden post growing!


  1. Dear Trent, Caleb and Mrs. Ranney,

    I am so impressed by your home gardens! I think it is wonderful that you are growing your own food. How much time do you spend working in your gardens each week? Do you have trouble with bugs eating your plants? Do you compost as well?

    Jill- Katie's mom

  2. @ Jill

    Thank you for the great comment. Once we have planted our gardens, we spend about an hour a week pulling weeds and dead leaves. The bugs do like our plants but it is not too bad. The squirrels and birds are more troublesome because they like eat the vegetables just like we do. We do not compost, it is more work than we have time for.


  3. Dear Trent, Caleb and Mrs Ranney,

    2KM loved looking at your beautiful gardens!

    You are lucky to have such healthy and delicious food growing in your own backyards.

    We were not sure what two things chard and artichoke. Can you tell us more about these?

    From your friends in Australia,

  4. Dear Trent
    What a very cleverly designed vegetable garden. Unfortunately we don't have enough water for a proper vegetable garden - we just grow chillies and basil
    All the best from Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia