This week there was a long list of things that needed to be done.
Chores for the older participants included moving wood chips into the flower beds, learning how to save the seeds of bachelor’s button flowers, harvesting and cleaning out the purple bean bed and weeding.
Fortunately, the young gardeners took their chores to heart and completed the work in time to enjoy a special treat…watermelon lemonade.
This lemonade is so easy to make and there wasn’t a single gardener who didn’t like it. You make it by pureeing two cups of watermelon in a blender and then pouring the watermelon puree through a strainer and into the pre-made lemonade. It is delicious and a very pretty pink.
In an effort to try new and different vegetable recipes, I researched how to make kale chips. And, I found an easy recipe.
The youngest gardeners, five and six-year-olds, were responsible for harvesting all the kale, washing it and carrying it back to the kitchen where Miss Laurie baked the kale chips. She reported that some liked them, others didn’t but that’s OK. They all had the opportunity to try something they hadn’t tried before.
Kale chips are easy to make.
Here’s how, preheat oven to 275 degrees. Remove the rib and then cut the washed kale into two inch pieces. Dry.
Spread kale on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp about 15 to 20 minutes.
Note: curly kale takes longer to crisp then lacinato kale. Kale chips have a nice crunch, like potato chips.
The young gardeners also harvested a huge and heavy zucchini!
The next two groups of gardeners were really busy. They harvested green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and moved more mulch.
Some gardeners drew pictures of what the garden meant to them. I’m thinking we may do an art show in the Spring!
It was another great day in the garden for the participants in the Family Gardening Program.