St. Monica: Fall Salad Fun

Saint Monica Green club students enjoyed a final feast from their schoolyard garden before the cold frost closed it down for the season.

Students enjoyed harvesting the mesclun salad mix, then preparing and washing it in the salad spinner. They loved eating their straight-from-the-soil salad mix with a homemade dressing on top of a cracker. YUM!

And though the garden is mostly closed, not all of the crops have been removed from the garden just yet!

The students are experimenting with a hoop house that will extend the growing season for their chard, spinach, kale and carrots plants. The hoop house is a simple structure that recreates a greenhouse system. The sun helps to heat the area with wind cooling it down. Cold, hardy crops such as kale, chard, carrots, lettuce and spinach enjoy the cooler temperatures.

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